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Mr. Thomas: On a Mission

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Mr. Thomas: On a Mission

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Working at Chicago’s Robeson High School at 69th and Stewart is not for the faint of heart, as principal Gerald Morrow likes to put it. But there’s one fellow walking the halls of Robeson High School who never seems to lose his cool—Rodney Thomas.

This year the District office sent Thomas to try and keep 150 “at risk” freshmen from dropping out. Thomas and his partner, Ms. Flores, have a year to figure out how to get the job done. Even the administrator who sent them to Robeson knows there’s no way they’ll reach all these students. We’re following Thomas to see how he can make things work within a school that has long been considered dysfunctional.

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