When a student doesn’t have enough money for lunch, cafeteria staff in many school districts take away the child’s tray of hot food and hand the student a brown paper bag containing a cold cheese sandwich and a small milk.
Research that shows early childhood education can profoundly impact the future success of children. But early childhood educators are still chronically underpaid.
In California, where 76 percent of its K-12 enrollment is students of color, diversifying public colleges and universities is a top priority.
Austin Beutner, who has no background as an educator, was widely seen as the more politically connected of two finalists, as well as being the prospect most sympathetic to charter schools.
The Social Justice Humanitas Academy is one of a handful of community schools that have been dramatically closing opportunity and achievement gaps in some of Los Angeles’ toughest neighborhoods.