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Observer Series On Why Many Smart, Low-Income Students Aren't In Advanced Classes

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Diedra Laird
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Charlotte Observer
Berryhill School, a high-poverty CMS school, has rearranged staff to make sure high-scoring students get more time with Dana Mumaw, who’s certified to teach gifted students, than they’d get based on the small number of students actually labeled gifted.";s:

There's a lot of focus on getting low-income students to make the grade. But many of these students are already achieving and still don't get into gifted or accelerated classes. A new series by the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News Observer looks at why that happens. Reporters examined seven years of data and found that 9,000 low-income children in North Carolina were counted out of classes that could have opened new opportunities. We spoke with one of the series' reporters Charlotte Observer Education Reporter Ann Doss Helms.

Lisa Worf traded the Midwest for Charlotte in 2006 to take a job at WFAE. She worked with public TV in Detroit and taught English in Austria before making her way to radio. Lisa graduated from University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English.