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Raising the grade for public education

There are two separate worlds within public education in Massachusetts: one that serves wealthy, majority-white communities and earns national praise, and another that educates low-income, often minority kids where dropout rates receive far more attention than test scores. In the wake of this growing chasm of education inequity between groups of kids in our state, StudentsFirst, a national grassroots advocacy organization led by school reformer Michelle Rhee, has graded our state education system and given it a “D+” for failing to enact polices that ensure all kids get an equally great education.

For a state accustomed to accolades for educational excellence, a D+ grade surely will earn scorn from defenders of the current system. Given what’s at stake, however, we should seize this criticism and take it as an opportunity for some self-reflection.

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