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Education Commission of the States Releases New Report: Work-Based Learning - Model Policy Components

The Education Commission of the States notes:

"Work-based learning can serve a critical role in teaching high school students employability skills and facilitating career exploration and preparation.

State policymakers have an important role in developing a comprehensive policy approach that ensures students have equitable access to high-quality work-based learning experiences."

A new report from ECS -- Work-Based Learning: Model Policy Components -- explores five interrelated policy areas (State and Regional Coordination, Access, Finance, Program Quality, and Graduation Credit) and includes state examples. 

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USDA Partners to Improve Water and Wastewater Infrastructure for More than 442,000 Rural Americans across 42 States

The Department of Agriculture has announced it is investing $392 million to help rebuild and improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure in 42 states.

USDA is supporting investments in 120 infrastructure projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used to finance drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents. In many cases, states, other federal partners and nonprofits are working with USDA to also provide funding for these projects.

Updated: September 18, 2018