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Document Number: 5152

How Effective Are School-to-Career Programs - In 1994 Congress passed the School-to-Work Opportunities Act (STWOA), providing $1.5 billion over five years to fund school-to-career (STC) programs around the country. This two-page brief outlines the findings of David Neumark’s full 134-page report on a state-specific analysis of California’s school-to-career programs. The author examines the six most common types of programs the federal government supported before reporting on which programs were most successful in California. With the expiration of STWOA, and the ensuing loss of federal funds, specific programs such as Career Academies and Tech Prep have continued to be funded, while more general types of STC training have not. The author contends that these programs have not been proven to be more effective and suggests reallocation of funds to more programs and a vigorous evaluation of all programs to determine which are most effective. (Research Brief, Public Policy Institute of California, May 2004)...

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