Every parent wants the best for their children, but too many public schools lack the needed facilities and teachers; too many young kids are denied affordable quality pre-school and the care needed to remove barriers to learning; and college or technical training seems an unreachable goal because of soaring tuition costs and crippling student debts. In other high-income countries, young people have a clearer path to decent work, from early childhood to job preparation.  It’s time that America also invests boldly in our children’s future.


Countries around the world have committed to achieving 100% completion of secondary education, yet America’s high-school completion rate is currently only around 84.1%. [8][9]


College debt is now the second-largest category of consumer debt in the United States,  greater than auto and credit card debts. [10] In 33 states, over 70% of the students in the graduating class of 2016 reported graduating with debt. [11]


Early childhood education increases success in school, and leads to a lower crime rate and higher incomes later in life. [12] In 28 states, less than half of 3-4 year olds were enrolled in school in 2016. [13] In 38 countries it is already free and universal. [14]


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