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Students Able To Cash In With School Program

It has always paid to study. But for a select group of city students, the payoff this year will be much higher.

This week, two dozen middle school students will begin an intensive education program run by the Norwalk Housing Authority, with extra instruction in math and language arts and parent involvement. Aside from the improved grades and standardized test scores that are expected for the sixth- and seventh-graders involved in the Housing Authority's Work Study Academy, the students, who live in public housing, will also receive $1,000 stipends for participating.

Aaron Pallas, a professor of sociology and education at Columbia University's Teachers College, said the award seemed surprisingly high, but represents an investment that the community is willing to make in its students.

This article, written by Lisa Chamoff, appeared in the September 19th, 2005 publication of the Stamford Advocate. previous page