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Social Issues in Today’s Schools. The Pursuit of Happyness Trailer Breakfast club trailer Pay It Forward Trailer Juno Trailer What social issues are represented in these films?. Social issues in recent history:. Data . Recent poverty locally

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social issues in recent history

The Pursuit of Happyness Trailer

Breakfast club trailer

Pay It Forward Trailer

Juno Trailer

What social issues are

represented in these


Social issues in recent history:
poverty today

Recent poverty locally

Child Poverty: America's Forgotten Children

poverty today
questions for discussion

What social factors today are influencing schools and education?

What regions in the U.S. suffer most from poverty?

What are some reasons for higher poverty rates in the south?

How do we effectively educate

students in spite of these issues?

Questions for discussion…
is high achievement attainable

Successful schools in Louisiana

Coalition of Essential Schools

Other examples: Dugan & SYCS

Is high achievement attainable?

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Dugan Alternative High School Website. Information retrieved June 26, 2010 from

Hopkins, T.M. (2005). If you are poor, is it better to be rural? The Rural Educator, 27 (1), 21-28.

Meeker, S. D., Edmonson, S., & Fisher, A. (2009). The voices of high school dropouts: implications for research and practice. The International Journal on School Disaffection, 6 (1), 40-52.

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