A Rocky Path Back to School

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The Boston Globe

Last summer, two outreach workers began trying to persuade the 1,660 students who dropped out of Boston’s public schools during the 2005-06 academic year to return to school. Eighty-one have re-entered the school system so far, including 15-year-old ninth-grader Sylvester Cooper.

Despite earnest, but admittedly uneven, efforts by school administrators, mentors and Cooper’s own supportive grandmother to keep him on track, the teen skipped 18 of the first 29 days of his freshman year – and began to understand both the weight of his decisions and the fragility of his future. March 29, http://www.boston.com.