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What Does It Take Not To Be Left Behind?

Susan Notes: This is good news/bad news. While we rejoice in Vanessa's success--and in her teachers' refusal to give up--we must follow her lead and ask what about the missing 716? This is a stunning number. 716 out of 1,000 weren't around for graduation.

The reporter deserves high credit for focusing not just on Vanessa's success but reminding us:

And what does that say about the children left behind? The ones who weren't quite clever enough? The ones who didn't have enough self-starter to them? The ones who never got the best teachers, who never got that bit of extra help? The ones who didn't get that kind word at the most necessary moment?
Margaret Downing has requested that this article not be posted. To read Vanessa Perez's remarkable story, please go to the url below.

Vanessa Perez started Austin High School with 1,000 other students four years ago. This week she graduates with a senior class of 284 kids. Great for her; bummer for the 716 who fell off the charts. . . .

— Margaret Downing
Houston Press


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