Three are lots of interesting details in Donna Foote's book, Relentless Pursuit, about a group of first-year teachers (yes, TFAers) at a struggling high school in the Watts section of LA. Or maybe everyone else knows all this stuff already:
Kids wearing inside-out T shirts, for example. Grabbing and jangling belt buckles to signal the start of a fight. Parents insisting their kids get IEPs for financial and legal advantages (as opposed to SAT accommodations). Nine thousand dollars to rekey a school when a teacher loses his. Tagging cliques that fight for turf just like regular gangs -- but usually don't sell drugs. Handball courts. High attendance -- but low levels of class-going.
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