A whole lot of people give up on low-income kids who drop out of high school. The argument goes that these youngsters come from such rough backgrounds, with so little family support, that they cannot be taught.
I disagree. That’s why my office worked so hard to convince the Can! Academy people to open their first Missouri charter school in St. Louis.
Four hundred City kids are now getting a second chance to achieve economic independence - and hope - through education. Many of these kids have been told they are failures. This school teaches them they "can" succeed.