‘I’m not behind:’ Jordan’s Principle program helps students achieve educational goals

By Brittany Hobson THE CANADIAN PRESS Illeanna Knott is preparing to graduate from high school next month. The 17-year-old loves to draw and hopes to pursue a career in the arts after she finishes at her Brandon, Man., school. For the first half of the school year, the teen juggled extracurricular activities and the challenges of classwork in the digital era. While most households have access to technology, some families, like Illeanna’s, still face barriers. In December, relief came when Illeanna became the owner of a brand new laptop after her mother put in a request with the Jordan’s Principle co-ordinator at the Brandon School Division. “It was really surprising. Almost felt too good to be true,”  Illeanna said in an interview last month. Jordan’s Principle requires governments to cover…

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