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The Dream and Its Impact Today

By CEA President Sheila Cohen

Public schools are the foundation of equal opportunity in our democracy. Schools that proudly educate all students level the playing field and provide opportunities to all children, regardless of their backgrounds.

There is no day more appropriate to remember these important truths. Today marks the fiftieth Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Education was among the goals of the 1963 march, and, in 2013, we remain committed to fighting for equity in our public schools.

As we continue to work to fulfill the dream we must commit to

  • Providing adequate funding and resources that are essential to delivering rigorous standards for students and achieving high outcomes.
  • Investing in high-quality early childhood education, which research shows closes achievement gaps and lowers drop-out rates.
  • Ensuring that all teachers are well trained and supported by effective school and district leaders.
  • Reducing the concentration of poverty and racial isolation in our public schools, which has increased in recent decades.

As Dr. King said in his famous speech

We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.

I wish you luck as you head back to school. Below please find some resources for teaching about the fiftieth anniversary of the march.

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