Going Public

Everybody knows that HISD is supposed to be second-rate. So why are private school kids defecting back to the district that nobody wanted?

"What I like about Imani is that they leave no child behind," Corbett says. "Every child moves ahead. HISD, they leave you behind and just assume that your child's not doing the work. That's why I'm always struggling between private and public."

Finally, Corbett, a single mom, pulled Yara from Imani to save money for Saudiia's approaching college education. So far, Yara hates Lovett, which Corbett describes as not as nurturing.

But she wants to expose Yara to other ethnic groups and has heard that Lovett's academics are solid. Still, she's waiting to see if Yara will experience the same negative situations as her sister or if she'll blossom in public school.

"Making kids feel like they belong and they're special, that's what gets lost in public schools," she says. "That's what I'm waiting to see from Lovett."

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