High School Vs. Low Income Students

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While growing up in the inner city, I attended an economically disadvantage school. For starters, our school had 89% of its student’s on free lunch and had only a 43% graduation rate. Teachers at the local high school stayed an average of two years before moving on to better schools and when it came to academics and testing, the school scores has not met the state testing standards in twenty years. Minority and low-income students are more likely to be taught by teachers with three or fewer years of experience and to be in schools with higher teacher turnover (Barton, 2004). However, schools across town were meeting the standards and achieving exemplary status. My parents wanted me to go to a better school, but all the other schools that were considered good, were on the other side of town or cost money for anyone to attend. Within these twenty years, there has been a significant gap in the academic process compared to the other high schools in the district. For years, people thought that the other schools were given a different curriculum and more supplies than the disadvantage schools in our area. For me, I always wondered why the other schools excelled and ours have not. The work I received in class wasn’t very hard, but many of my classmates were not passing. I noticed a difference between most of my classmates and a few others including myself. Most of the classmates never had their parents involved in their school activities nor their school counselors, but a selected

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