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Presidential Candidates Will Never Fix Income Inequality if They Refuse to Get Serious About Reforming Our Public Schools

Cynthia Tucker Haynes, Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and popular radio and television commentator, writes a piece for The Seventy Four about the need for K-12 education to be front and center in the presidential elections, especially if the candidates want to truly move the needle on income inequality.  As she sees it, public education is "more important to the nation than Donald Trump’s buffoonery or the size of Bernie Sanders’ crowds."

But the candidates are overlooking one of the most practical approaches to the problem of income inequality: Reforming public schools. That would do more to shore up the shrinking middle class than curtailing free trade, as Trump suggests, or breaking up big banks, as Sanders proposes. (Read The Seventy Four’s coverage of the recent Democratic debate, where education was all but ignored as a topic of interest.)

If the vast majority of American students were educated well enough to obtain a post-secondary degree — and that means raising standards in K-12 — the workforce would be substantially more skilled. Productivity and wages would rise. And new businesses would blossom, as would well-paying jobs.

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