Joe Mathews: The state’s lack of ambition will kill universal preschool before it starts.
The children that live in the most powerful country in the world are not guaranteed successful passage to adulthood. Although the United States spends trillions on its military industrial complex, it ranks low, compared to other industrialized nations in terms of the amounts spent on education, healthcare, and childcare.
Brian Goldstein: Public safety issues are especially challenging given the state’s ongoing prison overcrowding crisis and the ever-evolving juvenile justice system. The state passed a number of successful reforms in 2013. Yet, 2014 already brings some exceptional juvenile justice legislation that is worthy of recognition and support.
Mark Naison: School reform, as it is being implemented today, destabilizes poor communities and inflicts a regimen of test prep on the nation’s children which destroys their joy of learning but the policy makers are buffered from the consequences of the decisions they make for other people’s children.