In the shadows of poverty: FL’s persistently low-performing schools often go unnoticed by DeSantis

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On his reelection campaign trail, Gov. Ron DeSantis touts Florida’s public education system, boasting about higher starting teacher salaries, restricting certain conversations on race and gender in classrooms and siding with parents instead of local districts in disagreements. What’s rarely discussed is a sad reality involving poverty and race in the state’s most troubled schools.

Year after year, dozens of schools are identified as “persistently low-performing,” meaning that state test results, graduation rates and other key measures are dismal enough for a school to be considered on the brink of failure. Many

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