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Center for American Progress;
Profiles the goals, activities, implementation, and challenges of the twelve states that won Race to the Top federal funds to improve teacher quality and preparation program accountability; analyzes their strategies; and makes policy recommendations.
James Irvine Foundation, The;
Provides an overview of Irvine's Communities Organizing Resources to Advance Learning program, a ten-year effort working with Pasadena, Long Beach, San Jose, Fresno, and Sacramento communities to support out-of-school educational programs for youth.
Casey Family Programs;
According to a 2008 AFCARS report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/afcars/tar/report14.htm), over 26,000 youth age out of the foster care system each year. Research shows that youth who leave foster care are more likely to drop out of high school, to be unemployed, and to be dependent on public assistance when compared to other youth. Youth from foster care may also experience mental health problems, drug usage, and involvement with the criminal justice system—all at higher rates than average.2 It is therefore not surprising that the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) chose youth in foster care and alumni of care, age 16–21, to be served in a five-state demonstration project.