Over the next few years, Dante Hooker, a 4th-grade student in the Rochester City School District, will have more than the expectations of his family and teachers to contend with in school.
The news magazine U.S. News and World Report will also be watching Dante's progress as it monitors the city's highly publicized effort to improve its public-school system.
His experience will be one of a number of factors the magazine will use to gauge the success of the reforms, said Senior Editor Jerry Buckley, noting that U.S. News plans to carry a series of articles on the Rochester experiment over the next several years.
Dante was selected as a principal subject of the series, Mr. Buckley said, because he is representative of many of the children who attend the public schools. He is black, comes from a single-parent household, and lives in a public-housing project.
The first article of the series appeared in the magazine's Jan. 18 issue.