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Four years ago, things did not look good for Banneker High School in Fulton County, Georgia, about 15 miles south of Atlanta.
It was performing in the bottom 5 percent of all schools in the state. Six out of 10 students did not graduate. Teacher retention was abysmal, and an estimated 97 percent of students lived in poverty. The future for many of the students was bleak, and they knew it.