New Study: Four Factors Improve Student Achievement in Illinois’ Public Schools

Chicago, IL: Four factors improve student test scores in Illinois’ public school districts– and two are associated with lower academic achievement– according to a new study by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Project for Middle Class Renewal (PMCR) and … Continue reading New Study: Four Factors Improve Student Achievement in Illinois’ Public Schools

STUDY: Illinois’ Construction Apprenticeship Programs Rival State Colleges and Universities on Key Performance Metrics

La Grange:  From the number of training hours and graduation rates to the diversity of classes and the lifetime earnings of graduates, Illinois’ joint labor-management construction apprenticeship programs are rivaling– and in some cases exceeding– the performance of the state’s … Continue reading STUDY: Illinois’ Construction Apprenticeship Programs Rival State Colleges and Universities on Key Performance Metrics

National Nurses Survey Offers Strong Evidence for Safe Patient Limits Law

La Grange:  As Illinois lawmakers continue debating whether to enact nurse staffing standards in the state’s hospitals, a new national survey of registered nurses has linked the proposal with dramatically superior workplace outcomes in California, the only state that has enacted such a law. The survey was sponsored by grassroots organization Nurses Take D.C. and compiled over 9,000 responses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The results were then aggregated and analyzed by the Project for Middle Class Renewal (PMCR) at the University of Illinois and the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI).

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ILEPI Testimony on Registered Apprenticeship Programs

On Friday, April 26, the Illinois House Labor & Commerce Committee held a subject matter hearing on “Workforce Development, Reducing Unemployment, and Improving the Economy.” Frank Manzo IV, MPP, Policy Director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) testified before the committee. Here is what he said.

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