The Texas Association of School Administrators president Karen Rue explained, “kids deserve transformational, top-to-bottom reform. We need a better understanding of what it costs to educate 5.2 million students.” To help policymakers ensure that inner city children are educated enough to command a job paying above the poverty line, the AEI-Brookings Institute, a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit public policy research organization, started the Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity. In its 2015 report, the Working Group encouraged policies which would increase public investment in preschool and postsecondary education, promoting social-emotional and academic skills, modernizing the organization and accountability of the educational system while closing resource gaps. Marcus Hiles notes that education is a vital way for Americans to transform their economic circumstances, and that in times of rising inequality, increasing the quality of and access to education has the potential to give improved opportunities to American children.

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