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News - February 25, 2011

Finding allies on the lonely path to college

Cornel West headlines birthday celebration for local college-prep group

by Chris Kenrick

On the lonely path to college, low-income students can find company in an array of local organizations dedicated to helping them along.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Thanks for this article. It is interesting to see what help is available to Tinsley kids as they approach College age - particularly if they don't get the help at home due to parents not having the necessary understanding.

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Posted by It is not as good as they claim
a resident of Palo Verde School
on Feb 25, 2011 at 7:50 pm

It is a good program but not for everyone they choose and pick and if they see any little learning disability. They will not even be considered for interviewed.

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Posted by educationforall
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 25, 2011 at 11:09 pm

regarding the comment about FCE not selecting students with learning disabilities...what grounds do you have to make such a hateful accusation? pick and choose? really? instead of creating rumours and negative/false perceptions, how about we draw positive support and generate discussion about making college accessible for all students.

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Posted by It is not as good as they claim
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

On the grounds that my child was not accepted. She is a minority students, had good grades, good references, but they knew that she had a learning disability. Conclusion: No they do not make college accessible for ALL students. They want to make sure that the child is going to go to college before they accepted because they do not want to risk helping someone who might have the lightest risk of not going.

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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

It is not as good as they claim - a learning disability does not preclude a student from attending college and can actually sometimes work in their favor, particularly if their applications emphasize the work they have done to overcome the disability. Some schools - University of Arizona is an example - provide extra support for LD kids and welcome them.

Perhaps there was another reason your child was not accepted to one of the programs, it sounds like there are multiple programs available to students, not to mention the college and career centers at each of the high schools.

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Posted by hmmm
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm

to say that they denied your child access due to a learning disability is absolutely ridiculous. there are some students who have been and are currently a part of the program that have their own learning challenges (what you and the schools like to affectionately call a "learning disablity"). given that it is such a small organization, i am sure there are times where they cannot accept everyone who applies; so OF COURSE they cannot grant college accessibility to ALL. but how nice it would be if there was such an organization.

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