Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Graduating ASAP, if Not on State Timeline

Some Latino Students Fit School in as Life Allows

By Theresa Vargas
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 11, 2008; Page A01

An hour and a half after his night shift ended at the grocery store, Jefferson Lara is sitting in art class, sketching warriors -- strong and armored.

Lara's education has never been neatly laid out in class schedules that flow into extracurricular activities. A former gang member, he was expelled from ninth grade, spent time in Peru with his father and entered Arlington Mill High School Continuation program his junior year. He took the night job so his mother could quit one of hers.

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