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Mentoring group gives L.A. Unified students an extra way to connect
Mentoring group gives L.A. Unified students an extra way to connect

Joe Zeccola's classroom at Santee Education Complex is crammed full with 43 desks. When class is in session, students occupy every seat. That's the problem, said Zeccola, who teaches freshman English at the secondary school near downtown Los Angeles. Large classes are not conducive to student success. "Unless you're going to give me rollerskates and amphetamines, I don't know how I'm supposed to reach 43 students and add one-on-one interaction," he said. "It's not possible. When they [students] realize they can shrink into the background, you have to start looking for those kids." But Zeccola is getting some welcome help this school year from City Year, a member of the AmeriCorps...

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