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Discipline Disparity in Duluth Schools

Paul Tough, author of “Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why,” spoke at an Education Writers Association conference in Boston in May.

He said that kids living in poverty need interventions before they begin school if they are to succeed. When “stressed out” kids begin school they don’t learn to read on time because of anxiety, he said, and because their “fight or flight” response is on high alert, they are more likely to get in fights, talk back to teachers or check out from school.