Public schools play a central role in developing and sustaining our democracy and providing value for the community. Young people spend critical and cognitive, and social years in school, learning about themselves, others, and the world. I advocate for excellence in public education for all students to receive a high-quality education that prepares them for their future.
Equity and equality are two different concepts that are often used interchangeably. Equity in education does not mean everyone gets the same thing; equity means everyone gets access to what they need. So, how can we create equitable education opportunities, narrow the gaps, and improve student learning? There are many opportunities for greater inclusion and equity in public schools.
National and local officials have introduced a wave of academic censorship. Some actively promote banning specific topics, terms, and concepts under the guise of “protecting” students. Educational censorship has implications for the future of learning and teaching. Book bans, censored identities, revisionist history, and the resulting outcomes do not construct quality education for all students.
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