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Libraries implement CUF recommendation on ebook purchasing

Impact - April 2013

Libraries implement CUF recommendation on ebook purchasing

Our January 2013 Branches of Opportunity study recommended that New York City’s three library systems pursue new revenue opportunities including facilitating book purchases by library patrons. We’re pleased to report that this recommendation is being implemented.

CUF Report About NYC's Libraries Sparks New Proposal From Speaker Quinn

Impact - April 2013

CUF Report About NYC's Libraries Sparks New Proposal From Speaker Quinn

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a new proposal to harness the incredible power of New York City's branch libraries. The proposal was sparked by our January 2013 Branches of Opportunity report about the increasingly important role that the city's public libraries are playing in communities around the five boroughs.

CUF Influences New York's First-in-the-Nation Move to Abandon the GED®

Impact - March 2013

CUF Influences New York's First-in-the-Nation Move to Abandon the GED®

The NYS Education Department became the first state in the nation to drop the GED® following Center efforts to explore alternative high school equivalency providers.

CEO Adopts CUF Recommendations to Help Young Adults Overcome Barriers to Employment

Impact - February 2013

CEO Adopts CUF Recommendations to Help Young Adults Overcome Barriers to Employment

In May 2012, the Center published Now Hiring, a report which identified more than two dozen occupations that offer good career prospects for young adults without a college degree. However, the report also found that there are serious obstacles standing in the way. We are pleased to report that two of our report's recommendations meant to address these barriers are being implemented by the city.

Texas Two Step

Data - February 2013

Texas Two Step

There has been a huge spike in the number of New Yorkers relocating to Texas in recent years, even at a time when fewer city residents were departing for Charlotte, Atlanta, Philadelphia and other traditional destinations.

Data from Branches of Opportunity

Data - January 2013

Data from Branches of Opportunity

Selected charts and graphs from the Center for an Urban Future's major January 2013 report on NYC's public libraries. The report found that public libraries are serving more people in more ways than ever before, and have become an increasingly critical part of the city’s human capital system; but they have been undervalued by policymakers and face growing threats in today’s digital age.

CUF Editorial Influences the State Education Department to Reassess the GED®

Impact - December 2012

CUF Editorial Influences the State Education Department to Reassess the GED®

Following our recommendations in a July 2012 Times Union editorial regarding the GED® Testing Service doubling the cost of the GED, the State Education Department is exploring alternative high school equivalency exams.

CUF Report on Joblessness Among Foster Youth Inspires Action in 2012 at ACS and DYCD

Impact - November 2012

CUF Report on Joblessness Among Foster Youth Inspires Action in 2012 at ACS and DYCD

In Fostering Careers, a September 2011 report, we highlighted the staggering number of young people who failed to secure jobs after aging out the New York City's foster care system. Following our recommendations, the Administration of Children’s Services has built stronger ties to the Department of Education and the Summer Youth Employment Program has made a more concerted effort to target foster youth.

Data from Bad English

Data - January 2012

Data from Bad English

Selected charts and graphs from the Center for an Urban Future's January 2012 policy brief which found that communities from Albany and Syracuse to Queens and Staten Island are experiencing an influx of immigrants, many of whom lack English proficiency—but the number of state-funded ESOL classes has declined in recent years.

Mayor's State of the City speech echoes CUF ideas: Community Colleges

Impact - January 2012

Mayor's State of the City speech echoes CUF ideas: Community Colleges

Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg delivered his State of the City speech. We are heartened that some of the new policy proposals outlined in the mayor's speech—from expanding the number of Career and Technical Education (CTE) schools to creating permanent rehearsal and studio spaces for the arts—were greatly influenced by our reports.

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