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Too Essential to Fail: Why Our Big Bet on Public Education Needs a Bold National Response

Diverse students with books, highlighting critical public education needs.
July 2024
Karen Pittman and Merita Irby

The document underscores widespread dissatisfaction with the U.S. public education system, rooted in declining public confidence since the late 1980s. Despite these challenges, there's a growing call for transformative changes toward equitable, learner-centered educational approaches. The emphasis is on fostering community partnerships, enhancing school culture, and advocating for policy reforms that support diverse learner needs and ensure educational equity across all demographics.

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