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February 4, 2013

Charter Pulse

adult-charter-schoolsGARY, Ind. (AP) Back in 1997, Lanika Brooks thought it made sense to drop out of West Side High School in Gary to get a job and earn money.

Brooks, now 34, said her parents tried their best to dissuade her. She quit in the middle of her senior year.

Fast forward 16 years to 2013.

Brooks, now the mother of five children, is yearning for the high school diploma she once spurned. After working a series of dead-end cashier jobs, she’s learned how far a paycheck goes. At a Salvation Army job fair last year, someone told her about a new charter school aimed at dropouts like herself.

Brooks, who’s now become an inspiration to her own children who attend school in Merrillville, where they live with her grandmother, is laser-focused on getting a diploma in June.

“Without a high school education, you’re limiting yourself and losing out on…

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