Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Promise in Pensacola?

In today’s Pensacola News-Journal, columnist Reginald Dogan writes about “Whatever It Takes,” Geoffrey Canada and the possibility of a Promise Neighborhood in Pensacola:

I’m reading about Canada’s quest to change Harlem and America in “Whatever It Takes,” by Paul Tough.

The book is a chronicle of the growth of the Harlem Children’s Zone, which provides cradle-to-college educational and social services to 8,000 children in a 97-block neighborhood in central Harlem — everything from parenting classes to an all-day prekindergarten to a network of charter schools.

What does Canada, the Harlem Children’s Zone and Tough’s book have to do with Pensacola?

Quite a bit if Pensacola could become one of the lucky U.S. cities to be a part of a federal program modeled on the Harlem Children’s Zone.

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