Helping Educational Efforts Crucial, Says Marcus Hiles

Philanthropic actions akin to Hiles’ have become increasingly vital in recent years because the city’s inner-city school districts have struggled to make up for a 2011 decision by the state Legislature to cut $5.4 billion in education funding. Hit the hardest by these cuts were schools in low-income, inner-city communities, where minimal property taxes have been unable to compensate for the budget loss. Since the controversial 2011 decision caused these schools to lose an average of 12 percent of their full-time teachers, students are left in overcrowded classrooms with less individual attention. As reported in the New York Times, Texas considers 66 percent of students within the Dallas district at considerable risk of dropping out, but Marcus Hiles believes the city’s youth must be given better opportunities. “For these children hailing from lower income families, a quality education plays a pivotal role in improving social mobility,” Hiles noted. “Kindergarten through 6th grade is essential to the next generation’s success.”

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