Most wealthy, high-performing school districts have huge achievement gaps. And 10 years ago, Lexington, Massachusetts, did too. The students doing the worst? Mostly African American and Hispanic students who were traveling for hours — part of a long-running desegregation program that has been in place since the 1960s. Hear how Lexington superintendent Paul Ash learned that some of his students were not doing well and how he responded.

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Listen to the other episodes in our “ExtraOrdinary Districts” series:

Episode 1 – How Do We Know Which Districts are Extra-Ordinary?

Episode 3: Steubenville, Ohio

Episode 4: Chicago, Illinois

ExtraOrdinary Districts was made possible with a grant from The Wallace Foundation, which fosters improvements in learning and enrichment for children from low-income families and encourages efforts to improve the recruitment, training, and support of school leaders.

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