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Student’s educational outcomes are boosted or hindered by their families’ socioeconomic background. Although certainly not fair to the student, such inequality is likely to persist throughout the 21st century, despite much rhetoric and a few policies directed against it.

(Source: Wisconsin Center for Education Research)

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1. Attend the Stand For Children Summit on Saturday, September 22 from 9:00 am - 3:45 pm at Simmons College in Boston. Learn from experts how you can improve education across the state. Featuring hands-on workshops and information sessions, the Stand for Children Summit will give you knowledge and skills to become an effective advocate for children across Massachusetts.

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1. Massachusetts Advocates for Children

MAC's mission is to be an independent voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities.

2. Boston United For Students

BUS is a coalition committed to improving the quality of the educational experience for all Boston students and teachers so that Boston public school students graduate college-ready and career-prepared.

3. Massachusetts Charter Public School Association

MCPSA covers current legislative issues regarding charter schools.

4. Teach Plus

Teach Plus is dedicated to improving outcomes for urban children by ensuring that they have access to effective and experienced teachers.

5. Mass Budget

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center produces policy resesarch, analysis, and recommendations for issues such as education, focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income people and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

6. Access Quality Education

For links to more education advocacy organizations across the country.

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Before becoming an advocate for education reform, it is important to educate yourself on the issue.

1. Learn the facts about education in America from the Broad Foundation.

2. Watch the documentary The Cartel about reforming education funding .

3. Browse the website for Students First, an organization founded by Michelle Rhee, the former Chancellor of Education for Washington, D.C.

4. Visit the Obama administration's site concerning the No Child Left Behind policy and the administration's blueprint for reform.