LAST CHANCE FOR ENGLISH HIGH
Amid visions of a turnaround, overwhelmed teachers find that a new approach can’t solve all the old problems
In the hallway outside her classroom, Marlene Diaz disappears amid the swirl and din of students. It is five minutes past class time. The young English teacher shouts to be heard. Her voice is hoarse, as it has been many afternoons this year. “You’re late,” she calls. “Let’s go, let’s go!” She herds a group into the classroom and closes the door. She makes a mental count of the empty seats; five of 17 students are not there. A knell of frustration rings inside her. She takes a breath and marshals her stamina. It is her last class of the day.