Looks what's buried in news of $100,000 donated by American Eagle:
Before the program began, approximately 30 percent of city school students pursued and completed some form of secondary education, Mr. Ghubril said. That number has increased to 76 percent, which is superior to any urban district anywhere in the U.S., he said. (P-G, Team Effort)
What? Really? That sounds incredible. Has there even been time to pursue and complete some form of secondary education since the program began what, not quite two years ago?, and necessarily affected only a percentage of students. Then there's this over here:
At the time, Jamiah was what Ghubril recalls as a "classic high-risk, dead-end kid." Beginning his senior year with low grades, and less hope, Jamiah was one of eight children living with a single mother in the Northview Heights public housing complex. Staring down the gun barrel of a 1.7 GPA, he needed a 2.25 to cop the cash. Meekly, he asked Ghubril if he had a chance.
Whipping out his trusty calculator, Ghubril did some quick math. Well, he demurred, "it's still mathematically possible for you to get your GPA up." What that meant was that Guillory had to ace everything for the rest of the year. Which the young man did, just clearing the bar with a 2.28. So emboldened, and armed with his scholarship money, Guillory went to Penn State, there to major in petroleum and natural gas engineering. At last report, his grades were a 3.5. (Pop City, Mendelson)
Your results may vary, but still -- this is said to dovetail with a slight but unprecedented increase in new kindergartners, or an "an uptick in enrollment for the first time in decades."