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More Dougherty County students disadvantaged

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The number of Dougherty County students from economically disadvantaged homes is increasing.

The number now tops 80%. It's determined by how many students are enrolled in free and reduced lunch programs.

Close to 13,000 of the school system's 16,000 students are in those programs. The sluggish economy and loss of jobs contributed to the increase.

Dougherty school leaders say they don't let poverty get in the way of quality education for students. Several schools are "no excuses" schools. That means students excel academically despite being economically disadvantaged.  R.D. Harter said, "That correlation isn't working here. In other words, we're educating students that data and statistics say normally wouldn't do as well as they're doing."

Georgia has 44 "no excuses" schools. Five of them are in Dougherty County.

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