Marcus Hiles Working To Assist Urban School District In Dallas

The many magnet schools located throughout Dallas’ affluential suburbs are recognized among the nation’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 meals, and The New York Times has found that the state considers 66 percent of the district’s students at risk for dropping out. A report submitted in a recent City Hall Council Meeting noted that 38 percent of children in the downtown area are either homeless or live in a family with a household income below the poverty line, although over 27,000 of the individuals in these families hold steady full-time jobs.

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