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Every parent wants the best for their children, but too many public schools lack the needed facilities and teachers; too many young kids are denied affordable quality pre-school and the care needed to remove barriers to learning; and college or technical training seems an unreachable goal because of soaring tuition costs and crippling student debts. In other high-income countries, young people have a clearer path to decent work, from early childhood to job preparation.  It’s time that America also invests boldly in our children’s future.

 
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Countries around the world have committed to achieving 100% completion of secondary education, yet America’s high-school completion rate is currently only around 84.1%. [8][9]

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College debt is now the second-largest category of consumer debt in the United States,  greater than auto and credit card debts. [10] In 33 states, over 70% of the students in the graduating class of 2016 reported graduating with debt. [11]

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Early childhood education increases success in school, and leads to a lower crime rate and higher incomes later in life. [12] In 28 states, less than half of 3-4 year olds were enrolled in school in 2016. [13] In 38 countries it is already free and universal. [14]

 
 
 
 
 
 

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