Students from poverty-stricken homes would live in residence halls managed by trained staff during the week but be home on weekends and holidays.

Getting help with homework, having someone teach you how to take notes and even just getting a full night’s sleep are often privileges that kids in poverty don’t have. So what if there was a way to mimic such a home life, which usually is organic in middle class and affluent families?

Dallas businessman Randy Bowman says he knows how to do that — by creating an urban boarding experience that’s similar to those at private elite boarding schools. Children would still attend their local schools but spend the week living in communal residence halls with structured support to help them grow academically and socially.

The idea may seem extreme at first. But after Bowman spent a year researching urban education and the challenges students face, over and over again, it boiled down to one thing: poverty.

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