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December 13, 2013 at 5:00 AM

The good, bad and ugly in South King County schools

Courtesy Road Map Project

Courtesy Road Map Project

A reluctance to get real about mediocre school performance has long plagued education in this country, and in this region.

But in 2010, more than 500 parents, educators and organizations decided that enough was enough, joining forces through the Road Map Project to candidly assess where our schools are failing low-income kids — and what to do about it.

“The spirit of this,” said project director Mary Jean Ryan, “was that we knew we had problems as a community and that we were banding together.”

Three years later, their efforts, aided by a hefty $40 million federal grant from Race to the Top, are beginning show results: Many more low-income students are taking advanced courses in high school, there has been a huge leap in the rate of young people signing up for College Bound scholarships, and suspension and expulsion rates are trending downward.

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