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Public Boarding Schools as an Intervention for Students Living in Poverty?

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http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rulesforengagement/2013/09/the_dropout_crisis_is_a_poverty_crisis.html

Click on the link above to read an article about how poverty affects a child’s probability of becoming a drop-out.

“That’s why an idea out of Jefferson County, Ky., to make public boarding schools, seems interesting. The county is studying a plan to create two schools, one for each sex, that would pool together at-risk children with academic promise. That plan is still in the earliest stages, but if realized, it could remove a lot of the barriers described in the Attendance Works policy briefing. The cost—currently estimated to add at least $12,000 per student—makes a scaling-up seem difficult, but it would provide a good starting point for similar ventures if successful. It might not be Hogwarts, but it can be a home.”

What do you think about Jefferson County’s idea to create public boarding schools? 

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