Last Chance High: Beautiful band of misfits fight to graduate — part two

What do we really mean when we say students are ready to graduate high school? Is there a baseline that we’re really willing to enforce?

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Stephen Schaeffer leads a "real world learning" class during El Centro's fall 2018 trimester. (Jessica Kourkounis for Keystone Crossroads)

On this episode of Schooled, we continue following Joshua Martinez and his classmates at El Centro de Estudiantes as they fight to graduate.

But a teacher at El Centro raises serious criticism about the rigor of the school that leads to bigger questions: For students who are far behind grade level, how much should we really expect? Where’s the line for who deserves a diploma?

“Being bit of a whistleblower, or saying, like, ‘This is the man behind the curtain’ comes with a certain level of risk,” said El Centro teacher Kate Wand.

This is the conclusion of the “Last Chance High” storyline in Schooled’s third season.

Listen to part two above, or wherever you get your podcasts. The full story can be read here.

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