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    by Nicole Fruge posted September 21, 2012

    Reginald Cureton works on a metal ring puzzle at his home last week in Detroit. ­With help from his family and educators, he is making academic gains, his mother says. “I tell Reginald that you are not defined by this,” Jeanine Cureton said. “Don’t let this illness dictate your life and your choices.” —Brian Widdis for Education Week

    Reginald Cureton, 12, a 7th grader at Detroit Merit Academy on the city’s east side, works on a metal ring puzzle at his family’s home Wednesday evening, September 19, 2012. Reginald has blood lead poisoning and receives personalized instruction at school. Reginald follows a strict schedule at home and is also being treated for ADHD.

    Brian Widdis for Education Week

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