To The Point: Kids at Risk

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By Aaron Hepker

What parents, educators and the community needs to know.

One out of five Cedar Rapids high school students doesn’t graduate. That’s worse than the state’s dropout rate, and the district is focused on doing something about it. Two educators are taking creative approaches to try and tackle achievement gaps before they turn into a statistic. Johnson Elementary School of the Arts Principal Tashona Marshall, and retired Washington High School AP English Teacher and Executive Director of The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success, Ruth White, talk about their strategies. And the author of, “Real Kids Real Life,” Paul Dunbar of Waterloo, talks about what teenagers need most to avoid drugs, alcohol and despair.
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