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Giving Notice: Why the Best and the Brightest Leave the Workplace and How You Can Help Them Stay by Freada Kapor Klein

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9.2. Educational Barriers: Disparity in the Schools

Kristen was smart, driven, and, like her farming parents, extremely tenacious. During high school, she worked part-time at a bank, saving money for college. School was not a great place for Kristen. In seeking out a "better" public school, Kristen's parents enrolled her in school in a university town twenty miles away from the family farm by using a relative's home address as their own. At the "city" school, Kristen always felt like she stood out: her thrift-store or homemade clothes were plain, and children made fun of her rural drawl. Although she was intelligent and hardworking (earning A's in every class), Kristen's teachers rarely noticed her. Her classmates were the children of the town's ...

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