Sometimes it's hard to hear above the din in education policy debates. Arguments over charters vs district schools, Common Core, accountability and testing - they all too often overlook what's really at stake. Luckily there are people like Donnell Bailey, a college student, former White House and Congressional intern, and KIPP graduate, to remind us why we must continue to press forward in expanding educational opportunities to students who for too long have been denied a chance to succeed.
From being the first in my family to go to college to interning for the President of the United States, I believe these opportunities are not only a result of a great education but also
the result of an education based on fairness, justice, and love. And because of this education, though I was once written off,
I can now write my own story.