There’s a saying that ‘Education’ is the great equalizer, often helping to lift students up to levels equal to that of their peers. Yet, a large gap still exists in educational opportunities between low-income students–often students of color–and middle-or-high income students today. A study conducted by Stanford University found that the achievement gap in standardized testing between affluent and low-income students was twice as large as the gap between black and white students.

Narrowing the achievement gap has been the focus of the Department of Education for years.  Education Sec. John King says some progress has been made, including increases in the high school graduation rate to 82 percent. King sits down with Soledad O’Brien to share his thoughts on how the U.S. education system can better meet the needs of all children.

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