Educators

Educating prisoners gives them — and their communities — a shot at a better future

Educating prisoners gives them — and their communities — a shot at a better future

Over the years, I have been blessed to spend time in thousands of classrooms across the country — including those in prisons and juvenile detention centers. Some of my most inspiring conversations have occurred in those rooms.

In these profoundly moving discussions, I have been struck by how easily my life could have taken a different path if I hadn’t been given a second chance. I am also confronted by the reality that many of those who are incarcerated never really had a first chance. And each time, I am powerfully reminded of the difference education — and educators — can make in people’s lives.

I believe I am the first United States Secretary of Education to have...

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