Schools identified as high-poverty or high-needs often pose the biggest challenge to educators. How can kids learn, people ask, when they lack adequate food, clothing or safety on the way to class?
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I'm sorry for Alaina and for all the extraordinary teachers throughout California who have been unceremoniously dispatched -- and to the multitudes of students whose education will suffer for it.
Back-to-school chatter is already building in Chicago. However, in the discussion of education reform and politicking, one facet is missing: access.
If "education" is the key to success, then thousands of public schools are not educating students.
For our nation to move forward, all public school students must have access to a high-quality
education. Fair school funding is an essential precondition to achieving that goal.
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