Last year, national statistics reflected that only 1 in 5 African American students are reading at grade level by the 4th grade.

Even more startling is that only 1 and 7 are able to perform math at grade level by the 8th grade.

If success is to ensure that each child is able to perform at grade level, these outcomes equate to 80 percent and 86 percent failure rates, respectively.

How is this even possible in the United States in 2016? How can America not see that the status quo is broken? How can the most innovative country in the world not drive a solution to our nation’s greatest promise to our children? Where is the urgency?

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