A just education system provides access to high quality education and literacy development for learners of all ages and backgrounds. Educational equity encourages health literacy and lays the foundation for upward mobility through greater employment opportunities.
DISPARITIES AND STATISTICS
Race and Ethnicity: While 87% of white students graduate from high school on time, that number falls to 76% for Hispanics, and 73% among African Americans. And although white, African American and Hispanic students are now about equally likely to start college immediately after completing high school, black and brown students remain much less likely to complete a BA within six years. That disparity highlights the large enduring difference in the quality of the K-12 preparation many minority students are receiving.8
Socioeconomic Status: Increases in the income gap between high- and low-income children account for approximately three-quarters of the increasing gap in completed schooling, one-half of the gap in college attendance, and one-fifth of the gap in college graduation.9
Health: In today’s economy, an applicant with more education is more likely to be employed and obtain a job that provides health-promoting benefits such as health insurance, paid leave, and retirement. Conversely, people with less education are more likely to work in high-risk occupations with few benefits.10