Struck by inequities, Strunk looks to create opportunity in K-12 policy

Finding solutions to persistent problems

“I had every advantage in the world. The same wasn’t true for you. I taught you arithmetic, but you taught me so much more. You opened my eyes to how inequitable our system of education was. … Not only did the system of public education fail you, Michael, but it failed so many kids just like you, for no reason of your own making.”

Katharine Strunk, an associate professor of education and policy at USC Rossier in the Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education Policy program, explains in a note to a student she once knew why she decided to pursue a career investigating the structures that reinforce inequities in the education system, and how the problems created by those inequities can be mitigated.

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