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"Thousands of City Students Lack Vision Care, Report Says"

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"Thousands of City Students Lack Vision Care, Report Says"

September 27, 2010

The Baltimore Sun

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 population.

"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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