Mayor Kathy Taylor was recently appointed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors to the position of vice chair of the Jobs, Education and Workforce Standing Committee.
The committee has jurisdiction over all issues related to education, including reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Perkins Vocational and Adult Education Act and Higher Education Act. In addition, the committee considers all workforce development-related policy, including reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, Trade Adjustment Assistance and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, and the Earned Income Tax Credit.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ primary goal over the past few years has been to increase mayoral leadership and involvement in public education, particularly as it relates to high school reform and “No Child Left Behind” reauthorization. The U.S. Conference of Mayors also is dedicated to maintaining a locally driven workforce system which has been threatened by proposals to consolidate WIA funding streams into a single block grant to states for Career Advancement Accounts.
“I’m honored to serve on a committee that is dedicated to making a difference in quality of life issues for our citizens,” Mayor Taylor said. “As Tulsa experiences a new kind of energy, one not seen in many years, young people must be recognized as the torch bearers for great change. The education and employment of our young people,” she added, “is critical to the future success of Tulsa.”