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How A "Poverty" Czar Could Help School Reform

Senator Clinton is reportedly going to call  for the creation of a new, cabinet-level position to focus on poverty (Clinton to call for 'poverty czar'). 

It's unlikely to ever happen and would be no simple task logistically (remember Homeland Security).  But, logistics and likelihood aside, there's some potential merit to the idea.  Organizationally, lots of Ag and HHS and HUD programs could be better coordinated if they were under one roof.  And, it would give folks who are more focused on ending poverty and racial segregation something to do other than constantly reminding school reformers that education can't do it all alone.  (Which it can't -- we know that -- but still.)

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"And, it would give folks who are more focused on ending poverty and racial segregation something to do other than constantly reminding school reformers that education can't do it all alone."

Calling people who want to close the achievement gap without looking at the total picture "school reformers" is like calling somone who, when faced with an injured patient with a broken leg a bullet in the heart only focuses on putting a cast on the leg, a serious medical praticioner.

"And, it would give folks who are more focused on ending poverty and racial segregation something to do other than constantly reminding school reformers that education can't do it all alone."

Calling people who want to close the achievement gap without looking at the total picture "school reformers" is like calling somone who, when faced with an injured patient with a broken leg a bullet in the heart only focuses on putting a cast on the leg, a serious medical practitioner.

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