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Why LAUSD needs more counselors for at-risk youth




Like many students at Highland Park's Franklin High, ninth-grader Noemi Potenciano lost a brother to a drive by. Across L.A. Unified services for students affected by trauma are extremely limited.
Like many students at Highland Park's Franklin High, ninth-grader Noemi Potenciano lost a brother to a drive by. Across L.A. Unified services for students affected by trauma are extremely limited.
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Teaching Through Trauma: the second in a series of stories on poverty in Los Angeles schools. Read Part One here.

Half of low-income students in the L.A. Unified School District read below grade level. The district's tried a number of interventions — after school programs, summer school, a crack down on attendance — but there's one big thing they aren't trying.

In the final installment on our series "Teaching through Trauma," KPCC's Annie Gilbertson talks to kids in Highland Park.