Originally published on Teachers Network Leadership Institute.




"I asked the principal about Carlos staying another year, but Mrs. Bender told me, ‘He scored a level 2—he graduates.’ He wanted to stay in eighth grade another year also. Carlos knew that he couldn’t cut it in high school. Last week, they found him in the park boozed up,” Mr. Pilot spoke calmly, but the sadness he felt was evident in his voice.

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