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    by Nicole Fruge posted September 21, 2012

    Maurice Cureton, a 3rd grader at Detroit Merit Academy, reads a chapter book as part of his homework at his home last week in Detroit. ­—Brian Widdis for Education Week

    Maurice Cureton, 9, a 3rd grader at Detroit Merit Academy on the city’s east side, reads a chapter book as part of his homework at the family’s home Wednesday evening, September 19, 2012. Maurice has blood lead poisoning and receives personalized instruction at school.

    Brian Widdis for Education Week

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