Education and Literacy;Parenting and Families;Poverty
In an effort to improve family economic security in rural communities, Southern Bancorp Community Partners (SBCP) sought a sustainable funding source in 2013 for Arkansas's Aspiring Scholars Matching Grant (ASMG) Program, a savings incentive for low-to-moderate income families that matches funds saved for a child's college education in the 529 GIFT Plan, and investigated the possible creation of a matched 529 savings program in Mississippi. SBCP authored this paper to illustrate and examine the current options of college savings accounts offered in both states and analyze the causes behind low participation in each state's 529 plans.
Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Southern)-Mississippi;North America-United States (Southern)-Arkansas
Education and Literacy;Employment and Labor;Human Services
Examines successful state strategies in instituting a community college-centered career pathway framework, a series of education and training programs and support services focused on specific occupational sectors. Explores challenges and lessons learned.
Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin;North America-United States (Northwestern)-Oregon;North America-United States (Western)-Washington;North America-United States (Southern)-Arkansas;North America-United States (Southern)-Kentucky
Community and Economic Development, Education and Literacy, Health
This report examines the status of four attributes throughout Arkansas: Education, Health, Families, and Communities. In addition to reporting numbers pertaining to these areas, it also recommends solutions for the future.
Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Southern)-Arkansas
Examines flaws in evaluations of teacher effectiveness that lead districts to allow poor performance to go unaddressed. Recommends a comprehensive system, to be used accountably and integrated with human capital policies, and efficient dismissal policies.
Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Southern)-Arkansas, North America-United States (Western)-Colorado, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Ohio