Marcus Hiles Working To Better Urban Schools

Marcus Hiles Working To Better Urban Schools
Marcus Hiles Working To Better Urban Schools

The many magnet schools located throughout Dallas’ affluential suburbs are highlighted among the country’s best public high schools, staffing world-class instructors and offering top-notch facilities, but Marcus Hiles notes that the inner city district portrays a starkly different image. This image reflects what is becoming an epidemic across the nation’s urban communities: an overwhelming majority of children who live in dire circumstances. In the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), a striking 86 percent of students qualify for free and reduced-price meal plans, and The New York Times reports that the state considers 66 percent of the district’s students to be at risk for dropping out. A report submitted in a recent City Hall Council Meeting concluded that 38 percent of children in the downtown area are either homeless or live in a family with a gross income below the poverty line, although over 27,000 of the individuals in these families maintain full-time jobs.

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