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Fitzsimon: Canary in the coal mine

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At one elementary school in the North Carolina mountains two-thirds of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

That would make you think that the school would not fare well on the state’s A-F grading system where poverty seems a reliable predictor of the arbitrary grade -- 97 percent of schools receiving a D or F have more than 50 percent of their students who are from low-income families.

But thanks to the efforts of teachers and parents and the community, the rural school managed a C grade in the latest state report card rankings and did even better as far as the N.C. Arts Council is concerned, earning an A+ for art-based education reform.

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