Charitable actions such as Hiles’ have become increasingly important in recent years, as the city’s inner-city school districts have struggled to overcome a 2011 ruling by the state Legislature which cut $5.4 billion in education funding. Most affecteds by the cuts were schools in low-income urban communities, where low property tax revenues were unable to compensate for the budget loss. Since this controversial 2011 decision, inner-city schools have lost an average of 12 percent of their full-time teachers, leaving students in overcrowded classrooms with less individual attention. The New York Times reported that the state of Texas considers 66 percent of students in the Dallas district to be at a considerable risk of dropping out, and Marcus Hiles believes the city’s youth deserve better opportunities.
“For these children hailing from lower income families, a quality education plays a pivotal role in improving social mobility,” Hiles said. “Kindergarten through 6th grade is essential to the next generation’s success.”