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Failing grade

Government tries to save federally-owned Native American schools from decay, poverty
Students stretch during a physical education class at the Little Singer Community School in Birdsprings, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation. The 20-year-old gym is the newest building at the school. The Obama administration is pushing ahead with a plan to improve the schools that gives tribes more control.
Fifth-grader Jamika Salas looks out the window of a school bus after school at the Little Singer Community School in Birdsprings, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation. In addition to the busses, Principal Etta Shirley also picks up students on her way to work. The Obama administration’s plan to improve Native American schools is complicated by the disrepair of so many buildings.
Students carry chairs between classrooms at the Little Singer Community School in Birdsprings, Ariz. on the Navajo Nation. Classroom buildings at the school have problems with asbestos and radon.
Food and water are spread out over the gym floor in preparation for a game at the Little Singer Community School in Birdsprings, Ariz. on the Navajo Nation. In the game, older family members of children at the school compete with each other to collect all of the water and food they can.
Seventh- and eighth-grade students play basketball at the Little Singer Community School in Birdsprings, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation.

Failing grade

Students stretch during a physical education class at the Little Singer Community School in Birdsprings, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation. The 20-year-old gym is the newest building at the school. The Obama administration is pushing ahead with a plan to improve the schools that gives tribes more control.
Fifth-grader Jamika Salas looks out the window of a school bus after school at the Little Singer Community School in Birdsprings, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation. In addition to the busses, Principal Etta Shirley also picks up students on her way to work. The Obama administration’s plan to improve Native American schools is complicated by the disrepair of so many buildings.
Students carry chairs between classrooms at the Little Singer Community School in Birdsprings, Ariz. on the Navajo Nation. Classroom buildings at the school have problems with asbestos and radon.
Food and water are spread out over the gym floor in preparation for a game at the Little Singer Community School in Birdsprings, Ariz. on the Navajo Nation. In the game, older family members of children at the school compete with each other to collect all of the water and food they can.
Seventh- and eighth-grade students play basketball at the Little Singer Community School in Birdsprings, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation.
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