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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports that public investment in K-12 schools has declined dramatically in a number of states over the last decade. In fact, the US Census Bureau corroborates, finding that 29 states in the country, a majority of them, are providing less funding towards public education today than they did in 2008. Alarmingly enough, during 2008, government spending all across the board was at an all time low in sectors like public welfare and education in order to allocate more funding towards general economic stimulus programs. So the misallocation of funding for public education in certain socioeconomically disadvantaged communities is even more egregious now than it was a decade ago. For this reason alone, millions of children in inner cities suffer from a poor quality of education on a daily basis, where they’re stuck in the school to prison pipeline due to a lack of resources, guidance, and opportunity. Our mission at the Dream Initiative is to combat this educational inequality one step at a time so that everyone, not just the wealthiest families, can afford to dream.