As a nation, we have struggled to ensure that public
schools provide not only access, but also excellence to all students
despite where they live or the amount their parents earn.
We believe that excellence means going beyond the
minimum level of competency for all students. We want our children leave school thoroughly prepared them for college, work and life.
Equity will truly exist when ALL students
are supported by quality resources (fiscal, curricular, teaching,
leadership, etc.) and have access to the opportunities that make
them ready to enter and thrive in the most demanding and
rewarding educational and professional settings the 21st century
has to offer.
In our vision, an equitable distribution of resources and
investments, student performance would no longer neatly follow
identifiers such as race, language, socioeconomic status or gender.
The success of any student should not be a matter of chance due
to the extraordinary efforts of solitary teachers and programs, no
matter how well-intentioned. Instead, what is required are systemic
approaches and investments that have demonstrable and specific
benefits for EACH and EVERY vulnerable and underserved student.