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What schools will do to keep students on track

from The Atlantic

Desiree Cintron's name used to come up a lot during "kid talk," a weekly meeting at Chicago's North-Grand High School at which teachers mull over a short list of freshmen in trouble. No shock there, says Desiree now, nearly three years later. "I was gangbanging and fighting a lot," she says, describing her first few months of high school. "I didn't care about school. No one cared, so I didn't care." Had Desiree continued to fail in her freshman year, she would have dropped out. She is sure of that. It was only because of a strong program of academic and social supports put together by her teachers that she stuck it out. Desiree pulled up a failing grade and several Ds. She gave up gangbanging and later started playing softball. She connected with a school determined to connect with her. more

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