Across the country, low and middle-income families are increasingly concerned about the access to higher education for their children, a battle President Barack Obama has consistently fought during his two terms in office.

In his 2010 State of the Union address, the then bright-eyed president – still riding the wave from his 2008 campaign that promised a change in trajectory for America’s marginalized – proposed solutions that would both make college affordable and attainable for students.

“The best anti-poverty program around is a world-class education,” the president said.

Sadly, minority students are still struggling to reach the starting line for postsecondary education. In fact, the achievement gap between white students and black students hasn’t budged much in the last 50 years, according to a new EducationNext report that examined the slow-closing canyon, first analyzed in the 1966 education equity-focused Coleman Report.

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