WHO WE ARE

Opportunity America is a Washington think tank and policy shop promoting economic mobility – work, skills, careers, ownership and entrepreneurship for poor and working Americans.

Restoring robust economic mobility is among the most urgent challenges facing the nation today. Our current approach dates back more than 50 years to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty – a strategy that made a difference in its day but is no longer enough.

What’s needed is a new conversation: a new vocabulary, new voices from new places on the political spectrum, a new broader climate of concern – and a new national push to enhance opportunity.

Opportunity America is devoted to filling this gap, funneling ideas into the policy process and building consensus around a new agenda.

The organization’s principal activities are research, policy development, dissemination of policy ideas and working to build consensus around policy proposals.

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PRODUCTS AND ACTIVITIES

EVENTS

Listening tour - Opportunity America-AEI-Brookings working class study group traveled to Michigan & Ohio, October 2018
CTE schools: What standards? - Authorizers discuss performance standards for CTE charter schools, 10-22-18
You can do it: Launching a CTE charter - Panel discussion at the 2018 National Charter Schools Conference, 6-19-18

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PUBLICATIONS

Industry-driven apprenticeship: What works, what’s needed - By Tamar Jacoby and Robert I. Lerman, Urban Institute, February 2019
Community colleges and career education - Education Next, 11-28-18

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OPPORTUNITY IN THE NEWS

Unemployment rate may not decode labor market - Wall Street Journal 7-14-2019
Amazon to retrain third of its US workforce - Wall Street Journal 7-11-2019
$15 minimum wage would have mixed results - Wall Street Journal 7-8-2019
WH revokes rule on for-profit universities - Wall Street Journal 6-28-2019
Kalamazoo’s experiment with free college - Wall Street Journal 6-28-2019
WH proposes new type of apprenticeship - Wall Street Journal 6-24-2019
In Vermont, small colleges are closing - Wall Street Journal 5-17-2019
US student loan program runs deficit - Wall Street Journal 5-7-2019
Marijuana use at 14-year high among workers - Wall Street Journal 4-11-2019
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