In part 1, we looked at U.S. data and found:

  • 51% of the U.S. public school students were economically disadvantaged for the school year of 2012–13. And that percentage is getting higher every year.
  • Over 25 million students in U.S. public schools are now economically disadvantaged
  • A study shows that the poorer or more disadvantaged the LOWER the academic achievement
  • There are virtually no poor school districts in the U.S. where kids are performing at the national average
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In this post, we’ll dig deeper and see the alarming differences in math performance for students that are economically disadvantaged (poor) versus…

A look at U.S. data


The Washington Post article, “ Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty”, cites a study that found 51% of the students in public schools were economically disadvantaged for 2012–13 school year.

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“We’ve all known this was the trend, that we would get to a majority, but it’s here sooner rather than later,” said Michael A. Rebell of the Campaign for Educational Equity

From the U.S. Department of Education, over 49.7 million students were enrolled in public schools during the 2012–13 school year . It means that over 25 million students in the U.S…

Fixing Education — Part 2 — Community Centers

In my first post, I gave a little background and overview of what I’m doing to fix education.

In this post, I’ll share a little story about my experience working with kids and parents and what I learned from them. At the end, I will go into more detail of what we are looking for in Community Centers to help under-resourced and low-income families.

After School Program

Upon graduating from high school, in Tampa FL, I landed a summer job working at an after school summer program for the Hillsborough County of Parks and Recreation Department. For those summer months, I got my…

Fixing Education — Part 1 — Introduction and Background

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“Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds — or 7,000 a day.” —

Hi, I’m the founder of Mentorem and

I have developed a program that’s going to take a big bite out of the 1.2 million drop outs every year.

But before I get to what Mentorem is, let me begin with a story.

When I used to live in Florida, I would often travel across the country to visit my family in California. …

Mentorem Academy

working on fixing education for communities looking for change. Sharing experiences, thoughts, and ideas on here.

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