September 27, 2010
Thousands of Baltimore students may have eyesight problems that go undetected
and uncorrected because of inadequate funding in the city's school-based health
system - a problem that leaves many of them at a disadvantage in the classroom,
according to a report released Monday.
Sponsored by [ABAG Member] The Abell Foundation, the report
titled "Why Can't Johnny Read?" found that many students are falling through the
cracks of the city's school-based vision-screening program, a problem
exacerbated by the school system's truancy challenges and its urban
"It's a problem everywhere, but it's worse in a poor, urban
school system," said Joan Jacobson, who wrote the report. "It's possible for
children to go through the Baltimore City school system who have never had their
eyes tested, let alone received follow-up care."
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