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The Civil Right of Education, By the Numbers
We will know that we have achieved educational justice when the faces of our high school graduates look no different from those of entering kindergartners, and our college graduates no different from them.
A just and equitable nation treats access to high-quality education as a civil right. We know what can happen when we really focus our energies—as communities, as states, and as a country—on what works. But far too much talent is still squandered. Despite progress, an honest look at key education and social statistics is a sobering, sometimes gut-wrenching reminder of how far we have yet to go.
In October 2019, we created a “walk” through key indicators of progress, and of challenge. Taken together, these data tell the story of education in America at this moment. But this story is not over; these data are not locked. Rather, they capture realities we can change—if we commit, together, to doing so.
Read, process, and comment. Let us know what you think, how you feel, and what you and your community are doing to make the civil right of education central in your community.
While you’re here check out…
Watch XQ’s Russlynn Ali and Civil Rights icons Danny Glover, Bob Moses, Mark Rosenbaum, BJ Walker, and youth activist Jamarria Hall in a town hall discussion of Quality Education as a Constitutional Right.
Here’s a look at organizations working to support these young people and acknowledge the ripple effects of mass incarceration in American public education.
The Equal Justice Initiative gives eloquent voice to the harrowing and shameful history of racism in America, beginning with slavery and continuing through the systemic injustices of today.On June 8, 2020 at 2:34 am by XQ Team