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A Vote for Educational Equity, Opportunity and Civil Discourse in Education

The Line

Mid-term elections are today, which you no doubt already know from the ceaseless coverage. Hopefully you’ve exercised your right to vote, or will later today.

Any number of issues could be motivating your choices on the ballot — but, of course, near and dear to our hearts is education.

In the land of opportunity, too many of our students do not participate in true equity of opportunity, or equality of outcomes. In a country as diverse as “amber waves of grain” and “purple mountain majesties,” we also face a diversity in educational experiences — some positive and some quite detrimental.

Despite great progress, severe “opportunity gaps” still exist in how the unique needs of each learner are met in a variety of diverse settings.

Solving the opportunity gap does not lie in a political party or viewpoint, and the answer does not lie in “digging in our heels” on one ideological side or the other. Lasting progress can only be achieved when both sides come together, listen to all perspectives and engage in civil discourse to uncover and act on solutions with the needs of our students at the center.

This conversation is the centerpiece of Issue 4 of The Linethe latest issue set to release next week. An award-winning publication of the Frontline Research & Learning Institute, The Line is dedicated to facilitating civil discourse on critical issues facing K-12 education.

Issue 4 of The Line: Equity & Opportunity

Issue 4 will present the most diverse array of perspectives yet, focusing on educational equity and opportunity. From the rural Delta to urban Salt Lake City, you’ll explore unique challenges — and unique solutions — in every corner of our education system. These stories and more will challenge your thinking and inspire you to reach across divides obstructing solutions for students.

Issue 4 will be officially released next week, and we can’t wait for you to join the conversation. You’ll be able to explore a few articles online for free, or subscribe to get unlimited web access AND receive the beautiful print edition. (Frontline clients receive one free subscription as a thank you – keep an eye out for your copy in the mail and an email with your digital subscription code)!

As a teaser, we’ve got a preview of one of our favorite articles available now. You can see and hear civil discourse in action as Anthony Carnevale and Roberto Rodriguez discuss the merits of the proposed merger of the Departments of Labor and Education. We’ve captured their back-and-forth dialogue in written and audio format, so you can experience their conversation.

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We believe civil discourse around educational equity and opportunity has never been timelier.

As a result of today’s mid-term elections, some will be pleased, and others will be bitterly disappointed. However, through a foundation of listening and understanding, we can continue to pave a way forward, despite our divides.

Civil discourse has to be modeled for our nation and for our students; it starts with each of us.

Elizabeth Combs

Elizabeth Combs began her career as an elementary school teacher and Director of Administrative and Instructional Technology at Patchogue-Medford School District before moving to Imperial Software Systems, a professional learning services company, where she eventually served as President. She then held positions at My Learning Plan Inc. as President and Chief Strategy Officer. With degrees from the State University of New York at Geneseo and Teachers College, Columbia University, Ms. Combs has a passion for leveraging technology to support educator growth and over two decades of experience developing solutions rooted in best practices for professional development.