Matt Yglesias makes an interesting historical point about Bill Gates’ interest in high school reform. What struck Eduwonk though was Gates’ specific emphasis on equity, something we don’t hear enough about considering how the system is set-up to screw poor kids. From his LA Times op-ed today:
If we keep the system as it is, millions of children will never get a chance to fulfill their promise because of their ZIP Code, their skin color or their parents’ income. That is offensive to our values.
Disclosure: In case you missed it, the 21st Century Schools Project at PPI is a recipient of Gates Foundation grants, they fund things like this.