Atlanta Forward: Education

Many people assume the widening of the achievement gap is due to the worsening performance of children of poverty, but research suggests it may be due to the improving performance of children of wealth. I discuss these findings, while readers share their views — most of which come down on the side that public policy cannot hope to replicate the time, money and energy high-income parents pour into their kids. In a guest column, a prominent black Atlanta business leader defends a donation to the United Negro College Fund by the Koch Brothers, contending education should not be sacrificed to a political agenda.

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