"Rarely is anything as highly valued yet poorly managed as the creation of education policy in the United States. Year after year, and lawmaker after lawmaker, evidence has been ignored in favor of a hunch, an ideology, or the latest quick-fix scheme. If heeded, that evidence would have led lawmakers toward enhancing children’s opportunities to learn. Parents know this, of course; when we have the means we provide enriched opportunities for our children. We know that when opportunities are denied, children will learn less."

Kevin G. Welner, co-editor of Closing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance, asks why inequality in the American education system continues to persist.

"Rarely is anything as highly valued yet poorly managed as the creation of education policy in the United States. Year after year, and lawmaker after lawmaker, evidence has been ignored in favor of a hunch, an ideology, or the latest quick-fix scheme. If heeded, that evidence would have led lawmakers toward enhancing children’s opportunities to learn. Parents know this, of course; when we have the means we provide enriched opportunities for our children. We know that when opportunities are denied, children will learn less."

Kevin G. Welner, co-editor of Closing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance, asks why inequality in the American education system continues to persist.