‘Last-chance’ schools | Joanne

“Last-chance” schools are providing alternatives to troubled students, writes Natalie Gross for the Hechinger Report. Many use self-paced, competency-based learning, restorative justice and social-emotional learning.

Rocheli Burgos dropped out of school in 2011 after giving birth to her son. She didn’t have enough credits pass ninth grade. “She was 17, battling severe depression and dealing with a fallout with her family that would soon leave her homeless,” writes Gross.

At the Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA), Burgos found a curriculum that made it possible to take breaks and start…

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