Wednesday, June 17, 2009

44 Of 77 Wasn't Graduating 8th Grade

I couldn't even find a place to start with this story other than to just put it out there.
A startling number of children are falling through the cracks at one Chicago Public School. More than half of the kids didn't even pass the eighth grade. As CBS 2's Jim Williams reports there is fierce debate about who's to blame.
Tatianna Dennis' son, Tarrell, took his eighth grade photo complete with cap and gown, but the day before his grammar school's graduation, Tarrell learned he would not be marching down the aisle. "I asked him why but he was so heartbroken, he couldn't really talk. She "had no idea her son was about to fail English." "Especially now, when I need the help the most, with situations like this," Dennis said. "And there's nobody but me."
"It was something that child must not have been doing right in order for him to stay behind," said parent Sharon Shavers.
Loetisis Billingsley's nephew is one of those failing students. "It's horrible because these kids were under the impression they were graduating, and they let them know at the last minute that they wasn't," Billingsley said.

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