Garcia, who is Chicana and Laguna Pueblo from New Mexico, began by introducing four principles, or truths, that should guide all educators and policymakers. The first is simple, she said: what we put in front of students matters.
Keynote Peter Cunningham, executive director of Education Post and former assistant secretary for communications and outreach for the U.S. Department of Education, kicked off the event with a talk that ranged from electoral politics to funding equity to professional development.
We know college is important—especially for low income and underrepresented populations—and we have made college readiness a priority in our schools. However, the price of college, and fear of college debt, discourages capable students from enrolling in college.