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Reason No. 5,324...

... for why we need to close the achievement gap ASAP.

Cancer death rate drop tied to education levels:

"Declines in death rates from the four leading types of cancer in the United States since the early 1990s have been driven largely by progress among college-educated men and women, researchers said on Tuesday.

The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, was the latest to illustrate how a person's health can be closely tied to socioeconomic factors such as education and income level."

A lack of a college degree often means lower socioeconomic level. A lower socioeconomic level means less access to preventative care, early detection, and top-notch medical care. This could very easily become a rallying cry for free health care or more funding for early screenings. But to me, it's fuel for my fire to give our kiddos in inner-city DC the best teaching possible so they can access those things themselves, regardless of whether Congress has gotten their health care act together.

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