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First-Generation Student — What Does It Take?

First-Generation Student — What Does It Take?

The Belmont-Cragin neighborhood sits on Chicago’s Northwest side. It’s not uncommon for children in this neighborhood to be low-income, minority and first-generation students. Over 95 percent of CPS students in Belmont-Cragin are eligible for free or reduced lunch. 37 percent of their parents don’t have high school diploma. And anti-violence movements such as “The Interrupters”

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Child Poverty and (the Lack of) Culture

Child Poverty and (the Lack of) Culture

“Don’t leave anything on your plate. There are children starving in Africa” is a common exhortation we hear in the Western cultures. It gives an impression that here in the developed world children are economically secure and healthy. And that everyone, as Horatio Alger’s rags-to-riches stories portray, no matter what their circumstances are when they’re

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