Education Reform

Education Reform is the name given to the goal of changing public education. Historically, reforms have taken different forms because the motivations of reformers have differed. However, since the 1980s, education reform has been focused on changing the existing system from one focused on inputs to one focused on outputs (i.e., student achievement).

People of color and lower- to middle-income families face continuing educational injustices across the board, from funding to access and outcomes.

School discipline pushes kids directly into the criminal justice system… but what are we doing to stop it? Black students are suspended and expelled three times higher than white students. This disparity starts earlier than we ever could have imagined: preschool. Black children represent 18% of preschool enrollment, yet 48% of suspensions. And while boys make up more than 67% of suspensions, Black girls are suspended at higher rates (12%) than white boys (6%). If we know that students who get suspended and/or expelled are more likely to drop out, and those dropouts are more likely to end up with criminal records, what are we doing to stop it? We need education reform that doesn’t set back our minority children before they have even gotten started.

Finally, we see study after study that shows people with a college degree will do far better financially than those with less education. However, access and outcomes of continuing education are largely associated to family income. 9% of American kids, whose families report less than $34,ooo annual income get a bachelor’s degree by age 24. On the other hand, 77% of those whose families report more than $108,000 annual income graduate by 24. Family income is directly correlated to the statistical chance of a student getting a degree and that needs to change.

This below fact from Mark could be added later on the education reform page, similar to the Criminal Justice Reform Facts.

California State Universities VS. California State Prisons:

There are 32 state universities throughout the state of California but 34 adult state prisons**. The state of California, it seems, has a vested interest in constructing more prisons rather than institutions of learning. It is also noted there are 4 state youth detention facilities.

**Keep in mind that these numbers don’t even include federal institutions, county jails, youth detention centers, and private prisons/detention centers.

Prisons vs. universities

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