OPINION | Poverty, quality and paying for early childhood education

America is billed as the land of equal opportunity. Yet, in comparison with other developed nations, we lag behind in social mobility for those at the very bottom. Many are quick to blame our K-12 education system or the teachers unions and encourage stripping unions of its bargaining rights, different compensation schemes, or punishment for low-performing schools. There are a lot of issues at play with our school system with schools having to do more with less funding partially as a result of the shifting of funds to cover the increasing costs of special education. The bigger issue at play, however, is poverty.The number of children in poverty has doubled in the last decade. Continue Reading