I will always remember the first time a teenager told me they didn’t have dreams and aspirations. As one young lady put it, “what’s the point?” Discouraged by the state of their public schools, the opportunities they foresaw for their futures were minimal.

As a social worker, I see daily how poverty blurs the lines of child abuse and neglect for families, and disproportionately affects black and brown communities. I have seen more families enter the child welfare system from truancy or education-based referrals than any other point of entry.

Pennsylvania schools need a fair funding formula that will address economic and educational inequality across districts. Instead, our elected officials find ways to dance around addressing any true marginalization of Black and Latino students in

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