We therefore are dissatisfied with an education system in which low-income students have less than a 10% chance of receiving an associate or bachelor’s degree. We believe that in every case access to excellence is access to opportunity. It is a daily fact in our country that historically disadvantaged students do not have regular or fair access to high-achieving schools, fully prepared and supported teachers, challenging curriculum and affordable pathways to college and meaningful careers. We are committed to changing this status quo, opening as many doors to opportunity as we can, as fast as we can, for every child.
Our north star is a system in which all students, irrespective of geography or economic means, have fair access to all schools and real pathways to college and meaningful careers.
For generations, American school children have learned through the lens of under-examined textbooks. All students deserve a learning experience that challenges them, feels relevant to them, ignites their curiosity and prepares them for college, meaningful careers and life.
We have the same high expectations for educators that we have for students.
You can’t aspire to excellence without defining excellence.
America’s schools must reflect our democracy’s highest ideals.