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According to an article published in The Atlantic, San Jose was once the place you would go if you wanted to live the American Dream.

The article referenced a 2014 study released by Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. The study found that children who were born into low income families in San Jose in the early 80’s had a better chance at being prosperous than children who were born in socially progressive countries such as Denmark.

These days however things are a bit different. Low income families are now struggling more than they ever have in previous years.

With home prices skyrocketing and the middle class disappearing, what once was a bright spot has turned into a sinking black hole.

Rocketship Education Is Flipping The Script

Preston Smith, the CEO & co-founder of Rocketship Education, believes the key to making things better is by strengthening the public education system.

As an educator for over 15 years, Smith has seen firsthand the pathways out of poverty getting smaller and smaller by the day.

He has also seen how a good education can produce powerful exceptions. Take for example some of his former first grade students.

Many of them have now went on to be the first in their families to attend a four year college. These students show the transformative power of a good education.

As a non-profit network of public charter schools, Rocketship Education has been working with various organizations throughout the San Jose community to create an ecosystem of quality public schools.

The idea is to make the path to college a lot easier for low income children in the San Jose area.

By working with parents, educators and community organizations, Rocketship Education has been able to open 25 high-performing public charter schools since launching in 2007.

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