A culture of accountability can keep schools focused on education

The Dallas Morning News is publishing a multi-part series on important issues for voters to consider as they choose a president this year. This is the fourth installment of our What’s at Stake series, and it focuses on American culture. Find the full series here.

What a year to be the parent of a child in the public school system. Of all the disruptions and heartaches caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the effect on how and where we educate our children has been among the most striking.

Though we are rightly distracted and stressed by this, we shouldn’t lose focus on what’s most essential in education, especially at the voting booth this fall. We need to keep our eye on what is key to our country’s future, and that is a quality education for all children.

Achievement gaps have persisted for way too long, leaving children of color, those

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