Ed. Note: When Eddie Chavez was a teenager he served time in Fresno County's juvenile hall, where he encountered an education system that regarded detainees as lost causes at best. "A lot of the teachers would put on movies, give you chips and let you watch them," Eddie recalls. One teacher, however, did inspire Chavez, now 20, sparking in him a desire to continue learning and eventually work toward his GED. Chavez shared his story during a July 12 forum in San Francisco organized by New America Media looking at the state of education within California's juvenile court schools.
This project was made possible with funding from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, as well as Renaissance Journalism's Equity Reporting Project.