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, diverse effective teachers, chronic absenteeism, and access to early childhood education programs.
Individuals with high school degrees are more likely be employed, earn higher incomes, and avoid entering the criminal justice system.