Join Tyler Yarbro as she casts her vote for Jeff at 9 am at Howard School! We will be kicking off Early Vote efforts by voting and then volunteering throughout the district. Please contact Will McManus, (334) 648-2833 or email@example.com, to sign-up for an Early Vote or Election Day shift. At the conclusion of the day, the campaign welcomes all our friends and volunteers to join us at Edley's East.
Very little about the way adults are debating education right now could serve as a model for children about how to resolve conflicts. Educators in our public schools are doing heroic work, but the reality is that we have to do better.
You can't be serious about improving schools without confronting poverty. Where families live determines where their children are zoned to go to school. And the sad reality is that in schools with concentrated poverty, students are far less likely to succeed.
The graph here shows how many 3rd graders are proficient readers in a school compared to the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. As poverty rates go up, achievement goes down. Too often, the zip code in which a child lives dictates the opportunities they will have.
This isn't because children living in poverty aren't capable. Some schools have beaten the odds and proven that students in predominantly poor schools can achieve real academic success. The data also show that economically disadvantaged students do a lot better when they're not in economically segregated schools. Economically disadvantaged children are about five times more likely to read at grade level in an economically diverse school than in one where virtually every student is growing up in poverty.
Because all of our children can succeed, it's morally wrong for us to have a system where they don't. I'm running for state senate because we have to do better. No one has all the answers, but let's talk about how we get started.
Join Jeff as he travels through the district this week with several other community leaders. Councilman Jason Potts will canvass with Jeff on Tuesday. State Representative Jason Powell will canvass with Jeff on Wednesday. Councilman Peter Westerholm will be with Jeff at Jeni's from 7-9 on Friday. Councilman Fabian Bedne and Jeff will be at Burger Republic from 12-1 for lunch on Saturday. For more information, contact Sam Wilcox, firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 332-1104.