This week at a House Education and Labor Committee hearing, I questioned experts about the conditions of urban school districts and why they often have lower graduation rates and more criminal activity than their suburban and rural counterparts.
The bulk of my questioning was for Mr. Dion Pierre. Mr. Pierre has attended schools in both rural and urban districts. Mr. Pierre contended that the poor conditions in urban school districts are not due to a lack of money being put toward the problem, but the breakdown of the family and the dysfunctional home lives of some of the students. With studies that show children with two parents at home often perform better in school and more than 70 percent of African American children being born out of wedlock, Mr. Pierre and I agree that a return to traditional values in urban communities is vital in cleaning up those school systems and ensuring our children get the education they deserve.
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