The Transylvania Times -

Childhood Education Is Essential


In his letter published on July 20, Henri Erti asked “…in what circumstances can we argue that childhood education has to be a priority to Transylvania County?” In order to respond it is helpful to look at who makes up the citizenship of our county. ACCESSNC 2013 data put Transylvania County’s population at 33,220 and the number of individuals living below the poverty level at 4,557 or 13.7 percent. Knowing that we likely have a similar or greater percentage of young children growing up in poverty, and understanding that poverty is a major risk factor for academic failure, we mus...

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