Source: UT San Diego

When I began teaching in California in the late 1990s, I was appalled by the conditions for students and teachers. So many of the resources I had taken for granted on the East Coast were missing in my high-poverty San Francisco school. Unfortunately, the situation only grew worse over the past 15 years, especially during the long budget crisis when school districts stripped away supports for disadvantaged students, such as summer school and reading specialists. Little wonder that California has some of the largest achievement gaps in the nation.

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