In the latest op-ed from the New York Times on education, David Leonhardt chronicles the story of a young African-American girl named Alanna who struggled to learn at the same rate as her peers due to a diagnosed reading disability.
“It was frustrating, because I used to think, maybe I’m reading the wrong part,” she said. “But I wasn’t.”
Her mother realizing her daughter was falling behind repeatedly asked the school for help, however her concerns went unaddressed. Alanna’s mother feared the same fate for Alanna as her older daughter who struggled in school but was passively promoted and unprepared which led to her eventually dropping out of community college.
The silver lining came when Alanna was entered into and selected in a charter school lottery. She is now a successful 10th grade student looking forward to a bright future. Leonhardt continued arguing that Alanna’s success and her sisters failure could have been addressed through the proven success of charter schools that operate outside the normal school system. Read more here.