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Opinion | Making College Accessible

To the Editor:

Re “The Implicit Punishment of Daring to Go to College When Poor,” by Enoch Jemmott (Op-Ed,, March 28):

Addressing inequities in higher education is essential. Not only does the future of some great young people depend on it, but so does the future of our country.

The American dream is one of social mobility. But our system for allocating resources in public education, with local property taxes funding schools and districts gerrymandered to be socioeconomically homogeneous, does as much to perpetuate inherited privilege as to level it.

More concretely, we cannot keep pace globally if the economy grows more technical and jobs demand more vocational and academic skill but we fail to equip large segments of our population to fill those roles.

Eugenie Rosenthal
Scarsdale, N.Y.
The writer is the founder of Let’s Get Ready, a nonprofit that provides free SAT prep and college advising to help disadvantaged students.

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