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Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Now that health care is finally behind the White House and Congress, it’s time to get busy with the rest of the agenda for change – and that means public education.

Most people in this country understand the importance of public education to our society.  Schools are the only institution where we prepare the next generation not just for jobs and careers, but also for participation in our democracy.  Yet our schools continue to be separate and unequal, and our children’s opportunities to learn are not the same.  With graduation rates below 40% in places like Detroit and Cleveland, while national graduation rates for Blacks and Latinos hover around 50%, it’s clear that education is one of the unfinished pieces of our nation’s civil rights agenda.

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