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by LouAnne Johnson

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312958803, Mass Market Paperback)

Her classroom was the last stop for a group of troubled kids. Teacher LouAnne Johnson, the petite ex-Marine of Dangerous Minds, was their last chance. The boys, like handsome Latino Julio Escovar, expected to end up in jail. The girls, like regal, golden-skinned Simoa, often mysteriously disappeared. But not in LouAnne Johnson's class.

Risking her life, and her heart, LouAnne cajoled, bribed, and loved these teens. She went out on tough urban streets to track down Simoa, she faced a dangerously angry father to get pretty, talented Araceli into art school, and she fought drug pushers, trouble-making dropouts, and burned-out teachers to leave her kids alone. Her goal was to get her kids to graduation. Her method? Believe in them...until they believed in themselves.

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When LouAnne Johnson started teaching, she was young, idealistic, excited to help her students learn. But the students, long neglected and labeled hopeless, had other ideas, and it took all of LouAnne's humor and ingenuity - not to mention her Marine training - to turn a group of "time servers" into the proud and successful kids described in My Posse Don't Do Homework. Attitudes changed, test scores improved, and graduation rates increased. With a new group of students came new problems, and LouAnne's commitment to making sure more girls stayed in school introduced her to a new set of challenges. Her account of the struggles she and her students faced in overcoming liabilities in and out of the classroom - drugs, teen pregnancies, abuse, and poverty - makes The Girls in the Back of the Class a fascinating, moving story of what it means to be a teacher in America today.… (more)

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