Back to school for dollars and sense

Published 7:49pm Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Here are the facts:

1. Having less education can limit your earnings prospects.

2. Education benefits individuals and society in general.

3. More education increases your chance of being married and of raising a child outside of poverty.

4. More education can even be the key to a longer, healthier life.

5. The United States is no longer a world leader in high school and college completion.

6. Stubborn racial differences in educational achievement remain among Americans.

7. Education lags behind other sectors in innovation investments.

8. Parents with more education are able to invest more in their children.

9. Better teachers matter, even more than you might think.

10. Some charter schools show dramatic improvements in student achievement and may provide lessons for the broader education community.

11. Small-scale interventions also present opportunities for raising student achievement.

12. More information and greater transparency in our education system could go a long way toward improving outcomes.

As we read these facts, let’s reflect on the micro-view from our four local elementary schools, middle and high school, Early College, pre-k public and private programs and community infrastructure to leverage the excellent system we have.