How does one teach a 17-year-old who reads at a third or fourth grade level? “Dick and Jane” books are insulting, of course, even though they may be the right degree of difficulty. What approach would you try with teenagers who have gotten in trouble with the law?
When Paul Vallas took over the New Orleans Recovery School District in 2007, he inherited hundreds of these cases. His solution was a network of alternative schools run by a private contractor, but that did not go as planned. This year Vallas is trying something radically different, hoping to address the deep roots of students’ academic and behavioral problems. Find out what he’s trying…and whether it’s working.
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