Children raised in poverty typically enter kindergarten less prepared than their middle class peers and often never catch up. For these children — who struggle year after year — school can feel like a losing battle. More than one million students drop out every year. We visited Chicago this winter to see what educators are doing to stop the battle before it begins.
This aired on PBS NewsHour on April 5, 2011. Watch:
This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
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