Even if you have to register, read a great Chicago Tribune series on a black third grader who transferred to a better school under No Child Left Behind. At first, Victoria was working hard and catching up to classmates at her new school.
But frequent absences erased her progress. Her mother, a high school drop-out with a habit of not finishing what she starts, lets her children stay up late at night watching TV, fails to wake them up when they sleep in and can’t get organized to get them to school every day. Despite help from a social worker, the mother fails to follow through on a better job that might enable her to live near the new school. (Victoria flunked second grade at her old school because of absences, even though her mother faced no transportation hassles.)