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Education

We believe in empowering individuals and communities through access to high-quality education.

High-quality education is the engine of social mobility and should be accessible to learners of all ages. But too many students lack access to good public schools, which affects their ability to pursue higher learning. And about 40 percent of students at colleges and universities don’t get a degree within six years — and then often face crippling debt.

In order to determine the best ways to support student success from kindergarten onward, more research is needed. We work to identify and scale the most effective practices for all learners, regardless of race or economic circumstances. In K-12, we bring together local school leaders and university researchers to tailor promising innovations in curriculum. And in higher education, we study obstacles to student success and support the development of policies that can help break down barriers.

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43%
Proportion of U.S. children who live in low-income families
57%
Employment rate of 25-34-year-olds with less than a high school degree
95%
Proportion of jobs created during the recovery that went to college-educated workers
60%
Graduation rate (within six years) of first-time undergraduates at four-year colleges
Initiative

Accountability

Institutions should be held accountable for student outcomes through meaningful policy controls.

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