Omaha World Herald, by Bruce Lesley and Carolyn D. Rooker

In America, a child’s ability — not the circumstances of birth — should determine his or her future. But today, a family’s income has everything to do with whether children succeed. Good-quality pre-kindergarten education can make all the difference.

 By age 5, just 48 percent of poor children in America are ready for school, compared with three-fourths of children from families with moderate and high incomes. Once kids fall behind, the research shows they’re much less likely to catch up. A student from a poor family who cannot read at grade level by third grade is 13 times less likely to graduate from high school. …Read more