Opportunity News: Florida’s Opportunity Crisis•
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Florida ranks low on the national Opportunity Index
According to the business columnist at the Tampa Bay Times, Robert Trigaux, “Florida says it wants ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’ but it really needs ‘opportunity, opportunity, opportunity.’ “
Income Inequality and Higher Education
A new study of universities in the UK, Australia and the U.S. show that wealthier American students are six times more likely to go to an elite university than are working class students. Yet “with the right mix of high expectations and individualized support, students from all social backgrounds can do well.”
This story about a successful apprenticeship program developed by a German engine manufacturer and public high schools in South Carolina offers a model of what can be done nationwide to help younger workers get decent paying jobs.
There is some growing support among Americans for raising the minimum wage, particularly among retail workers, “who earn a median pay of about $9.60 an hour or less than $20,000 a year.”