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He started off as a singer. But after a lesson about redlining, this student performer found another way to use his voice — to effect change.
Despite the school year’s challenges, Detroit ninth grader King Bethel has thrived in school and emerged as a leader.
This year, 14-year-old Jalan Clemmons is keeping track of seven classes from a desk in the living room with an unreliable district-issued laptop.
“I feel like I’m a whole different person when I’m doing things online than when I’m not.”
Ashanty is one of hundreds of thousands of students who returned to their classrooms over the last two weeks — part of a bumpy and high-stakes effort to reopen the nation’s largest school district.
The first day of 9th grade during the coronavirus pandemic had its fair share of bumps for one student in Memphis.
Over the next several months, Chalkbeat will introduce you to ninth graders across the U.S. trying to figure it all out.