Fewer reading materials in the home. Less access to camps or museums. Those are some reasons summer learning loss disproportionately affects low-income kids. There are many in the South, which can hamper efforts to raise graduation rates. But in Part Two of this Southern Education Desk series, WBHM’s Dan Carsen reports on “GEAR UP Alabama” — a wide-ranging federally funded attempt to meet those challenges, and more.
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It’s no secret that Birmingham’s public schools are struggling. But a middle school with more than 90 percent of its students on free or reduced lunch is consistently defying expectations on the most objective measure we have: standardized tests. How? What’s going on here? A reporter who went to and taught in a similar school system goes to the source and finds out.