Education Wednesday: Breaking the School to Jail Pipeline

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Eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline and restoring important support networks for students requires improved access to quality education. The link between incarceration and education is clear: more than 70 percent of  America’s prisoners did not complete high school and have only a 10th grade education. Addressing disparity-causing practices in our schools can no longer wait since millions of Americans being locked away impacts […]

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“I respectfully dissent.” Three simple words at the end of a fifty-eight page treatise, part constitutional history lesson, part rousing defense of our American values of equal access and opportunity to our political and civic process. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in reaction to the majority rule upholding Schuette, Attorney General of Michigan […]

Education: Minority Students are the New Majority

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Labels such as “low-income”, “immigrant”, and “single-parent household” once described only a small group of students at-risk of falling through the cracks of America’s school system. However, as our country continues to change socially and economically, maximizing success in school and life requires that parents, educators, and decision-makers alike acknowledge that our minority student population is quickly becoming the majority of […]

Education Wednesday: A Case for Universal Preschool

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This year there has been a strong national focus on expanding access to quality early childhood education for all students. Earlier this year in the State of the Union Address, President Obama placed more emphasis on pre-kindergarten programs, particularly as an intervention for closing persistent achievement gaps along socioeconomic lines. As more state and local leaders are […]