Middle School 223 in the Bronx, NY, is one of about 1,000 public schools in the U.S. offering low-income students a host of fun and educational classes after the final bell rings. Supporters, including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, say the extra time is critical to providing students with the experiences and academic instruction needed to bring them up to the level of their more affluent peers. But despite their best intentions, after-school programs may be overlooking the “elephant in the room”.
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