last time Congress raised the mininum wage was a long time ago, and the
issue seems to be one of the first and most likely things for the new
education committees to do -- especially since several states and
cities have taken the lead in the intervening years and disproved the
notion that the sky will fall if you raise the minumum (Election could drive minimum-wage hike).
high-poverty areas especially, a minimum wage increase means that
parents have more time for their kids because they don't have to work
two jobs. In theory, they make it to more teacher conferences. They
help more with homework. They make sure the school is doing right by
their kids. They have time to improve their own education.
sure, it's not a direct means to school improvement, and many reformers
will sit by, tapping their fingers, waiting for the more traditional
education issues to come to the top of the calendar. Call me Richard
Rothstein, I think it would be interesting and compelling if the
education groups (not just the labor-affiliated teachers unions) got
out of their foxholes and did something with broader, if more diffuse,
ramifications -- especially since they're likely to have to wait until
the minimum wage issue is decided anyway.
Cross-posted from This Week In Education.
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