Education

Reviving the Middle Class Dream in New York City

Report Author: 
Jonathan Bowles, Joel Kotkin and David Giles
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Feb

This major report by the Center for an Urban Future concludes that New York's longstanding legacy as a place that both sustained a large middle class and elevated countless people from poorer backgrounds into the middle class is now in serious jeopardy.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Closing the Skills Gap

Report Author: 
David Fischer and Jeremy Reiss
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Jan

This report, jointly published by Center for an Urban Future and the Community Service Society, finds that New York City faces a human capital crisis that could threaten the city's long-term economic competitiveness while relegating countless residents to low-wage jobs. It shows that an alarming number of New Yorkers now lack the skills and educational credentials to compete in today's economy and warns that the problem will only get worse in the years ahead. The report calls for a comprehensive campaign to develop the skills of New York's population.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

An Action Agenda for ESOL

Report Author: 
Center for an Urban Future and Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Mar

This concept paper written by the Center for an Urban Future and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy includes eight recommendations for supporting and strengthening the state's English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs. The action agenda, which was endorsed by an unusual coalition of the state's leading business groups, immigrant advocates, literacy providers and workforce training professionals, calls on New York policymakers to guarantee level funding for state-run ESOL programs even in this difficult fiscal environment.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Between Hope and Hard Times: New York's Working Families in Economic Distress

Report Author: 
David J. Fischer, Tara Colton, Neil S. Kleiman and Karen Schimke
Original Date of Publication: 
2004 Nov

In this first-of-its-kind report, the Center for an Urban Future and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy explore the conditions and policy responses to low-income working families in the Empire State.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Lost in Translation

Report Author: 
Tara Colton
Original Date of Publication: 
2006 Nov

This new report finds that while immigrants have become a growing part of the workforce in nearly every corner of New York State, the state-run English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program has not come close to keeping pace with the demand, creating a skills gap that could hurt the state's economic competitiveness.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Still Lost In Translation

Report Author: 
Tara Colton
Original Date of Publication: 
2007 Nov

This new report by the Center documents that immigrant entrepreneurs have emerged as a key engine of economic growth for cities from New York to Los Angeles--and, with the right support, could provide an even bigger boost to these cities in the years ahead.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Central New York's New Workforce

Report Author: 
Tara Colton
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Apr

This survey of Central New York businesses finds that 40 percent employ workers with limited English proficiency. As immigrants comprise a rising share of the population and workforce throughout the region, upgrading their language skills will be key for local businesses and the area’s future economic growth.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Staten Island: Then and Now

Report Author: 
Laurel Tumarkin and Jonathan Bowles
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 May

Between 1990 and 2010, no other New York state borough changed as much as Staten Island. This report shows just how the borough has been transformed, partly by the influx of foreign-born persons, with more than 80 graphs and charts detailing trends in demographics, the economy, development, commuting and education.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Hondurans and Colombians: A Scan of Needs of Recent Latin American Immigrants to the Boston Area (Summary of findings)

Report Author: 
Miren Uriarte, Phil Granberry, Megan Halloran, Susan Kelly, Rob Kramer, Sandra Winkler with Jennifer Murillo, Udaya Wagle and Randall Wilson
Original Date of Publication: 
2003 Dec

This report focuses on four groups of recent Latin American immigrants to the Boston area — Guatemalans, Hondurans, Salvadorans and Colombians — about whom relatively little is known.  Although these groups have been represented in the Boston area for several decades, their numbers leaped in the 1990s, contributing notably to the growing diversity both of our region and of the Latino population.

Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts

Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Hondurans and Colombians: A scan of needs of recent Latin American immigrants to the Boston area

Report Author: 
Miren Uriarte, Phil Granberry, Megan Halloran, Susan Kelly, Rob Kramer, Sandra Winkler with Jennifer Murillo, Udaya Wagle and Randall Wilson
Original Date of Publication: 
2003 Dec

The 2000 U.S. Census brought confirmation of the increase of the Latino population and of the growing diversity of Latino national groups that now make this region their home. Latinos now number 428,729, a 55% increase over their numbers in 1990.

Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts
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