In just a few years, North Glen Elementary School in Glen Burnie, Md., has made dramatic progress in raising minority students' achievement, thanks in large part to former Principal Maurine Larkin, who boosted the number of children enrolled in the federally subsidized meal program to win more money for after-school programs and extra staff hires. At the diverse, working-class school, black third-graders' reading proficiency on the state test rose from 32% to 94% in just two years.

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