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    Toxic for Learning

    by Nicole Fruge posted September 24, 2012

    When Reginald Cureton, a De­troit middle schooler, was just a year old, a routine blood test re­vealed that he had more than four times the amount of lead in his blood required for a child to be iden­tified as lead-poisoned. A new study draws attention to the large numbers of Detroit children who have been exposed to lead and establishes a link between blood-lead levels and lower academic perfor­mance. Through a strict home routine and a school environment his mother Jeanine Cureton describes as supportive, Reginald, now 12, has been making strides: He scored “proficient” on a recent standardized test and was moved into a more advanced class­room, his mother said. Last week photographer Brian Widdis spent a few days documenting the Cureton family.

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