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>>Our Mission

The Leadership Group Education Policy Team promotes and champions quality public education through partnerships with local, state, and federal decision makers, to ensure that the educational system in California and the Silicon Valley fosters academic excellence and high quality instruction, while producing world class graduates, particularly armed with 21st century skills. The team initiates outreach and advocacy to inform internal and external stakeholders and policymakers that a desirable, accessible and affordable education system ensures Silicon Valley and California can remain competitive in the the innovation economy

The Education Policy Team, with the help of an SVLG Members Education Committee, seeks to partner with local school districts and higher education institutions to improve student achievement through the following focus areas:

Higher Education

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Developing a Strong Local Workforce: The companies and industries that employ Californians have a rapidly growing demand for a college-educated workforce. By 2025, 2 of 5 jobs will require a college degree, nearing 41% of all jobs. If the current trends persist, California faces a shortage of 1 million college graduates needed for the workforce by 2025.

Economic Prosperity: There is a widening income gap between jobs that require a degree and those that do not. Higher incomes for California’s workers will mean more contributions to California’s economic vitality.  For every $1 invested in getting students through college has a return of $3 in tax revenue and lower jail and social service costs. If just 2% more of Californians earned AA degrees and 1% more earned BA/BS degrees, the economy would grow by $20 billion. State and local tax revenue would increase by $1.2 billion per year and create 174,000 new jobs.

 

K-12 Education

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The Achievement Gap: Higher student achievement has been direclty linked to better health, higher rates of civic engagement, and lower rates of incarceration and poverty.

Economic Investment: Since 1990, the state’s contribution to educating each college and university student has dropped by more than 50% in inflation-adjusted dollars.

 

 

Early Education

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According to a study by the Chicago Child-Parent Centers, students who have attended a pre-K program are

  •  29% more likely to graduate from high school
  • 44% less likely to repeat a grade
  • 41% less likely to require special education services
  • Tend to score higher on standardized tests than their peers who did not attend pre-K.

Early childhood education investments prove to have one of the greatest returns of any public investment.  High quality early childhood education has a return on investment between three to seventeen dollars for every dollar spent in low income, high risk communities.

 

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> See our programmatic work

 

>>Meet the Team

Aditi Goel
Director, Education Policy
agoel@svlg.org
(408) 501-7863

 

Alexandria Felton
Associate, Health and Education Policy
afelton@svlg.org
(408) 501-7874