Urban Schools Need Our Support, Says Marcus Hiles

Urban Schools Need Our Support, Says Marcus Hiles
Urban Schools Need Our Support, Says Marcus Hiles

While the prominent magnet schools located throughout Dallas’ affluential suburbs are regarded among the country’s top public high schools, boasting world-class instructors and facilities, the inner city district shows a sharp contrast, reflecting what is becoming an epidemic throughout the nation’s urban communities: an overwhelming number of children residing in dire circumstances. Marcus Hiles notes that within the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), 86 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price meal plans, and 66 percent of the district’s students are considered to be at risk for dropping out, according to the New York Times. Additonally, a report submitted in a recent City Hall Council Meeting showed that 38 percent of children in the downtown area are homeless or are living in a family that earns a gross income beneath the poverty line, despite more than 27,000 of the individuals in these families working full-time jobs.

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