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Knocking on doors to lure Baltimore kids back to school

Knocking on doors to lure Baltimore kids back to school

After going door to door for two hours, Eunice Davage-Jones' knee ached and Shanee Richardson sweated. Their knocks had gone mostly unanswered at dozens of rowhouses as they canvassed East Baltimore in search of students.

"They think we're the police, or social services," Richardson, a teacher's aide, surmised.

Eight days into a citywide campaign to stem the tide of children leaving Baltimore public schools, the two women had climbed countless porch steps and knocked on more than 500 doors. They were part of a new summer street corps of educators hired to track down students who stopped going to city schools and encourage their parents to re-enroll them.

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