Tiny Lind offers a big lesson for the state in how to make education work

Commentary | May 8, 2002 | By John Burbank | Tacoma News Tribune

The Lind School District enrolls 250 kids. Three quarters are white, and more than 20 percent are Hispanic. This being an agricultural area, it is no surprise that 24 percent of the kids are from migrant families. Poverty rates in the school district are high, and they have been increasing. The percentage of children eligible for free and reduced lunch has climbed from 55 percent in 1999 to 70 percent this year. This could be a recipe for a school district going downhill fast. But in Lind, just the opposite is true. Student achievement is far above the state average and is going up.

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