Snazzy school decor can boost attendance

12/22/2005 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

The decade-old program Publicolor lets students paint away the "prison-like" ambiance of their drab inner-city schools with brightly-colored hues. The program, credited with lowering dropout rates and behavioral problems, has grown to include a tutoring component, career counseling and students painting other buildings in the community.

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