Instead, we should focus on closing the achievement gap between our Hispanic, American Indian and low-income students and their Caucasian and more affluent peers.
Just a few years ago fewer than half of our students were not prepared for kindergarten. Now almost six out of 10. Clearly, our state is moving in the wrong direction.
This threat is especially dangerous if our young people buy into this narrative. After all, it’s their future success in school, work and life that is at stake.
How can we help students get the skills they need to qualify for a family-sustaining job or build the workforce our economy needs if we can barely pass an increase in scholarships that make postsecondary affordable?
We need to do more to get our students to go on and graduate with a credential if we are to have the educated workforce our employers need. Although the state has adopted many good policies and investments, we need even bolder steps or our economy will suffer.