Realize the Dream Report

<<   Previous 6 of 6

Conclusion: Translating Promising Practices into Promising Policies

Ensuring that all children receive a quality public education is a daunting responsibility for policymakers - especially in an era when academic success no longer begins and ends with a high school diploma. To take full advantage of educational opportunities in the 21st Century, students must be provided the supports they need to graduate from high school, attend and graduate from college, and become fully competitive in the national and global economies.

Unfortunately, there is no "one-size-fits-all" blueprint for effective education reform, particularly in poor and traditionally underserved minority communities where policymakers must constantly balance the merits of new initiatives with the legacy of past inequalities. To move these issues forward, however, LCCREF offers this report’s examples of working education reforms and policy recommendations to support and spread them. The principles reflected in these programs are an essential first step in helping policymakers determine whether education policy really passes the test for children, schools, and communities.