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A State Policymaker’s Guide to Expanding Learning Time

July 25, 2011 Comments off

A State Policymaker’s Guide to Expanding Learning Time (PDF)
Source: Education Commission of the States

This brief describes recent state actions to amend the instructional year, and suggests actions for state policymakers. It includes proposed actions for maintaining or expanding learning time during difficult financial times. This guide was a joint project between the Education Commission of the States (ECS) and the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL).

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The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation (Updated April 2011)

April 13, 2011 Comments off

The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation (PDF)
Source: Institute for Women’s Policy Research

The gender wage gap and occupational segregation – men primarily working in occupations done by other men, and women primarily working with other women – are persistent features of the US labor market. During 2010, median weekly earnings for female full-time workers were $669, compared with $824 per week for men, a gender wage ratio of 81.2 percent (Table 1; or a gender wage gap of 18.8 percent). Women’s median earnings are lower than men’s in nearly all occupations, whether they work in occupations predominantly done by women, occupations predominantly done by men, or occupations with a more even mix of men and women. Four of ten women (41.1 percent) work in traditionally female occupations, and close to five of ten male workers (49.3 percent) work in traditionally male occupations.1 Typically, male dominated occupations pay more than female dominated occupations at similar skill levels (Hegewisch et al. 2010). Tackling occupational segregation is an important part of tackling the gender wage gap.

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