Prosperity Watch: Low-income students and the future of North Carolina economic competitiveness

As North Carolina continues to recover from the Great Recession, growing more good-paying jobs in the state will require a skilled and educated workforce. As BTC analyst Cedric Johnson writes in the latest issue of Prosperity Watch, an increasing number of jobs are expected to require some level of postsecondary training, and meeting this workforce demand means that a growing number of the state’s public school students must exit the state’s education pipeline prepared to compete in a 21st century economy. And nowhere is this more important than among North Carolina’s lowest income public school students, a growing population that typically needs additional instructional supports to finish high school and enter the workforce fully prepared. See the latest Prosperity Watch for details.

 

One Comment

  1. Alex

    October 30, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Do you know how long you’ve been using that phrase – ” As North Carolina recovers from the great recession” ? The truth Allan is that we are not recovering at all, and things are getting worse with the national economy. The middle class is disappearing, and in spite of spending $ 3.7 trillion dollars on poverty programs during that period, more people than ever are falling into poverty. Clearly, nothing is working as we sink further and further into debt, and no one has answers except spend more money. It’s a very sad situation