Since the beginning of our nation, education has been used as a tool to suppress Blacks from voting, achieving social mobility and access to basic human rights and resources. After Brown V. Board of Education, federal courts desegregated local school districts with hopes of ending racial discrimination in schools. Decades later, students of color attend de facto segregated schools that are under-resourced and over-policed.
Advocates throughout the state are pushing for access to high quality resources, curriculum, facilities and well-trained teachers for all students.
High school graduation, math proficiency, English proficiency, school discipline, reclassification of English language learners, diverse effective teachers, and access to early childhood education programs.
Individuals without high school degrees are more likely to live in poverty, be unemployed and may be more susceptible to entering the criminal justice system.