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Do ZIP Codes Matter? Of Course

May 15, 2020

The NYTimes recently posted an invitation for teachers in urban areas across the country to respond to the question of whether ZIP Codes matter in public education…. and the replies are no surprise. Of course they matter! Apart from one charter school teacher in Newark who returned to the school she attended and implied that grit and hard work can overcome adversity, every other teacher cited glaring examples of inquiry that resulted from where a child was born.

We need to get over the idea that if grit and determination can provide ONE student with a means of rising out of a squalid environment that EVERY student should be expected to…

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