King Nears D-Day: Who Moves On, Who Stays Back?
Ann Ford’s class of 2nd graders at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology was supposed to quietly practice using new vocabulary words by placing them in simple sentences she had written on the blackboard.
But there was a lot of squirming and chattering going on—the students were about to head off for a 90-minute period of music and physical education—and Ms. Ford explained that it had been hard to keep the children focused since they’d returned a day earlier from a three-day weekend. Ms. Ford, who team teaches King’s 64 2nd graders with Barbara Florent and Felicia Kelly, had also been out sick for a few days with a bad cold and allergies.
That disruption, she said, threw some students off, especially the group of 15 struggling readers that she works with for...
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