The Crisis

This week Andy hands the keys to the blog over to Paul Hill and his team at the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE). I am proud to be joining them.

CRPE’s work is based on two premises: that public schools should be measured against the goal of educating all children well, and that current institutions too often fail to achieve this goal.

As Andy often reminds us, there is a full-blown education crisis for low-income kids in America today. Nationally, less than 10 percent of low-income kids will earn a college degree by age 24. Dropout rates in American cities hover between 40 and 50 percent.

As Andy also reminds us, our failure to educate tens of thousands of America’s children is “perpetuated by an incredibly powerful and durable set of political and stakeholder arrangements that are now under unprecedented scrutiny.”

This new scrutiny is part of a much larger revolution in public education, a relentless focus on doing whatever it takes to give educational opportunity to those kids our traditional, one-size-fits-all, industrial-age model fails to serve. CRPE is at the forefront of this revolution. And it has only just begun.

-Parker Baxter

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