Building Skills, Rebuilding a Home
It’s week five of the school year at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology in this city’s Lower Ninth Ward, and Doris R. Hicks, the principal, reminds her students that their first progress reports will be sent home to parents.
“These are very important because they tell you where you are doing well and where you need improvement,” Ms. Hicks announces over the school’s intercom system on Tuesday during her regular, end-of-the-day pep talk. “We have high expectations for you … we want you to try very hard, very hard.”
In King’s 2nd grade, five weeks of hard work has helped move 13 struggling readers from learning phonics exclusively, to reading and spelling grade-level vocabulary words such...
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