Remarkable Changes At Once Struggling DISD Elementary School

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A struggling Dallas school has found a way to make a big turnaround. Those involved say the success is the result of a collaborative effort.

For Paul Laurence Dunbar Learning Center teacher Aaron Jackson’s students, budgeting the balance between wants and needs is not just a math lesson — it’s a daily life lesson.

“Who can tell me what gross income is?” Jackson asks his students.

The teacher explained that many of his students are dealing with exceptional circumstances. “We can say it’s an excuse, but it’s the truth. I mean, a lot of these students come from poverty, low-income families.”

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Dunbar Learning Center sits just south of Fair Park. Just a year ago test results were poor, with fewer than 50-percent of third-graders passing state reading exams. But this year it seems everyone can feel a change.


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