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NYC's bold gamble: Spend big on impoverished students' social and emotional needs to get academic gains

from The Hechinger Report

The zone for Public School 67 was drawn exclusively around the sprawling Ingersoll public housing complex, but as children trudge into the building, they can see the tips of the gleaming glass luxury towers that are reshaping the skyline around them in downtown Brooklyn. No children from those luxury condos have enrolled in P.S. 67. It has roughly 225 students; 99 percent are low-income. The school has struggled to stem sliding enrollment and to address poor safety ratings by parents and test scores that were among the worst in the city. In 2012, city officials became convinced that the school could not improve and began the process of shutting it down. more


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