AEI EFS Panel: TN Representative DeBerry on Public Education


If one child fails, we all fail. And until that happens, then we are going
to continue to say “not in my backyard.” It gets whittled down, and whittled down,
and whittled down, into its two major areas. And here again, the insulting part of that
is it’s always with certain demographics. Poor people, black people, Hispanic people,
folks who have various issues in life didn’t just drop down from Mars, they’ve been here
all along. So, we’ve got to continue to look at our own
deficiencies as legislators and those who govern, to realize that the problems that
exist were not created by the people, they were created by us. Public education: we created it, we’ve got
to recreate it.

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