Articles by Karen Elzey

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The Voice of Business is Essential To Early Education

from ICW

Recognizing the importance of early childhood education in the development of both children and the economy, ICW partnered with PNC Bank, The Pew Charitable Trusts and Knowledge Universe Education to release a report entitled Ready, Set, Go! Why Business Should Support Early Childhood Education.  T

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Private Sector Institutions under Greater Scrutiny

from ICW

“For-profit institutions play a vital role in training young people and adults for jobs and for-profits will continue to help families secure a better future for themselves,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in remarks he made during a May 2010 DeVry policy forum. The U.S. Department of Educati

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Workplace Flexibility Changing the Workforce Game

from ICW

Yesterday afternoon, I was invited to the White House to participate in a forum to discuss workplace flexibility. The President and First Lady were joined by a number of work-life leaders and key stakeholders to discuss the economic benefits of flexible workplace practices. Workplace flexibility is

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DC Schools in Spotlight, Reform Central to Success

Nicholas Kristof’s insightful New York Times column yesterday focused on the DC Public Schools and the effort by education reformers—specifically Chancellor Michelle Rhee—to improve the public education system. Chancellor Rhee has demonstrated her commitment to try new approaches to ensure that urb

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Joining Forces on Education Reform

from ICW

Today, Arthur Rothkopf, senior vice president at the U.S. Chamber presented alongside the National Education Association (NEA) and the National Manufacturers Association (NAM) to ask states to give a fair trial to the education reform initiatives outlined in Tough Choices or Tough Times, the report

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Best Practices in Workforce Investment

I was given an opportunity today to testify before the House Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness about "New Innovations and Best Practices Under the Workforce Investment Act" (WIA). As I noted in my testimony, this is particularly timely given the economic situa

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Options for Older Workers

from ICW

With 78 million baby boomers nearing retirement, and projected shortages in such careers as teaching and nursing slated to run into the millions, many older workers are considering changing careers. With an eye to the future, many baby boomers are recognizing the need for career flexibility. As suc