Just to give a sense of scale, only 56 percent of Maryland's fifth-graders -- and only 37 percent of low-income students -- read at an advanced level in 2013. At Chadwick, more than 95 percent of the low-income students read at an advanced level.
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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?
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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