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GARY Core'Von Lott was playing basketball inside the gym at 21st Century a couple of summers ago when his phone rang. It was his mother, who told him he had been accepted as a student into the Gary charter school. Lott was working out at the time with Eugene German, the prolific scorer who graduated last June and is now starring at Northern Illinois.

The past few weeks have been filled with terrific school pride events that often don't get talked about in the media so I thought I would share these five pictures with you directly.

In Baton Rouge, our January board meeting featured performances from our cheerleaders and dance team. Our Baton Rouge school serves grades K-4 this year.

Our nations capital is full of countless tales of humble servants who began their terms on an improbable journey to impactful American leadership.

Janell Lewis went from 'Teaching Teddy Bears' to 'Teaching Teachers'

In Gary, Indiana, only eleven percent of adults age 25 and over have a bachelors or associates degree. The towns unemployment rate, 6.1%, is the lowest it has been since 2008 yet is still significantly higher than the national average of five percent. In Gary and similar towns across America, the weight of poverty and the prospect of crippling college debt often prevent students from reaching beyond a high school degree.

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