Marcus Hiles – Working Towards Better Learning Opportunities For Children

Philanthropic actions including Hiles’ have become incredibly vital in recent years, while the city’s inner-city school districts struggle to overcome a 2011 decision by the state Legislature to cut $5.4 billion in education funding. Schools in low-income, urban communities were affected very much by the cuts where minimal property taxes were unable to compensate for the budget loss. Since that controversial 2011 decision, urban schools have lost an average of 12 percent of their full-time teaching staff, putting students overcrowded and with less personal time with staff. The New York Times ran an article noting that the state of Texas marks 66 percent of students in the Dallas district at considerable risk of dropping out, and Marcus Hiles pushes for the city’s youth to be afforded better opportunities. “For these children hailing from lower income families, a quality education plays a pivotal role in improving social mobility,” explained Hiles. “Kindergarten through 6th grade is essential to the next generation’s success.”

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