No Longer Ruled Out: An Educator Develops Strategies to Keep Court-Involved Students in School
Katy Reckdahl, The Hechinger Report/The Christian Science Monitor
Every year, more than 1 million teenagers, including high schoolers, are arrested in the United States. Students who go to jail are at risk of going down a hard-to-reverse path. Lisa María Rhodes, a social worker in New Orleans, wants to spring that trap.
Through the nonprofit she founded, Rhodes and a handful of cohorts help young people who have become entangled with the law and all too often fall through the cracks in the American education system. They also train teachers to provide similar assistance. The idea is to support students in a way their parents often can’t and keep them from becoming another dropout statistic—or worse.