"I don't care whether they're poor or what color they are, 14-year-olds are only making 14-year-old decisions. They're goofy. At East Side Prep, a private school in California that serves almost exclusively black and Latino students, every student meets daily with a tutor. Practically, it allows teachers time to plan together. It eliminates the stigma of 'Oh, you have to go to a tutor,' because everyone has to. And there's less time for kids to be left up to their own devices."
— Gloria Ladson-Billings, author of The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children
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A version of this article appeared in the February 2011 issue of Fast Company magazine.