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Many kids are struggling in school. Do their parents know?


Steven Senne, Associated Press

Evena Joseph, left, sits with her son J. Ryan Mathurin, 9, as he does his homework, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, at their home, in Boston.

BOSTON - Evena Joseph was unaware how much her 10-year-old son was struggling in school. She found out only with help from somebody who knows the Boston school system better than she does.

Her son, J. Ryan Mathurin, wasn't always comfortable pronouncing words in English. But Joseph, a Haitian immigrant raising him by herself, did not know how far behind he was in reading - in the 30th percentile - until a hospital where her son was receiving treatment connected her with a bilingual advocate.

''I'm sad and disappointed,'' Joseph said through an interpreter. ''It's only because I was assigned an educational advocate that I know this about my son.''


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