I’m a product of public schools… and privilege

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Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Education

In the swirl of furor surrounding Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as Secretary of Education last week, many folks posted their public education pedigrees on social media, calling  attention to the importance of public schools as a woman who never attended one steps into the role of leading education for our country.

Like so many who posted throughout the week, I am a product of public schools. But it’s important to recognize that, more than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, two students both educated in public schools can still have entirely unequal experiences.

I had the privilege to attend public schools that helped shape me, challenge me, and prepare me for the world. But privilege is the operative word there. Here’s why: Continue reading