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Mapping Can Point Out Education Inequities

Tepe said efforts to address inequities are fragmented, with federal, state and local governments focusing on their own concerns, rather than working together based on a common understanding. Fragmentation also occurs across learning levels, such as preschool, K-12 school, and higher education, she said. When communities can see a picture, “they take responsibility and fill in the gaps,” she said. The report highlights how the maps have been used to galvanize communities. For example, a map displaying each high-quality child care center in Philadelphia resulted in the city council and a local foundation spending $1 million to improve facilities in the areas where such centers were lacking.