Dr. Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Poverty Center, spoke with The Cleveland Plain Dealer on how a new school could help break the cycle of poverty in “New high school at Metrohealth hospital gives students’ careers a shot in the arm” on February 1, 2017. Created this academic year, the Lincoln-West School of Science and Health is a new high school formed by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and MetroHealth Medical Center to expand options, develop specialized curriculum, and improve students’ ability to seek future careers.

Dr. Coulton sees this as a huge step toward breaking the cycle of poverty that has affected generations in Cleveland. “Their horizons are limited,” she said about students in the city. “They don’t have role models. They don’t see all the jobs out there that someone like them can realistically aspire to if they can just begin to get a foot in the door, or some small amount of training.”

She added that students may need additional support but programs like the School of Science and Health are an important step in the right direction.

“It’s a piece of the puzzle that has to fill in.”

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