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May 22, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Tom Stritikus, Susan Enfield on overcoming poverty and educating South King County kids

Earlier this week, Seattle Times reporter Lornet Turnbull wrote about the growth of poverty in South King County’s suburban communities. She highlighted the findings of a new Brookings Institute study that concludes a lack of affordable housing has led low-income households to move outside Seattle city limits.

In particular, the last line in the article caught my attention: “We should create and re-create economic opportunities for people in South King County, but we should also be working to give them access to homes and jobs in higher-opportunity parts of the region, like the Eastside,” said Alan Berube, one of the study’s authors.

For now, let’s focus on the former point. If education is the great equalizer in our society, then we have to rely on our educators to get through to the next generation in these communities. In case you missed our previous “Education Conversations” segments, I want to bring your attention to our interviews with Highline School District Superintendent Susan Enfield and University of Washington College of Education Dean Tom Stritikus.

Enfield serves a primarily low-income, incredibly diverse area south of Seattle. Stritikus also spoke about this population and altering the growing opportunity gap between students in poor and wealthier areas.

Their ideas are prescient and worth sharing.

Whether you’re an educator, a student or a parent — right-click and save the images below and post them to your Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter accounts. Click on this link to watch more of their interviews and to learn about the editorial board’s “3 to 23” education initiative.

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