Second-Chance School by Justin Rule

As Justin Rule tells it, a $1 find at a yard sale changed his life.

And he’s hoping it will change the lives of many other people too, when Coolidge Academy opens this month.

In 2013, Rule was a principal of a private high school for court-adjudicated boys. Over and over, he saw students with potential become derailed by a lack of opportunities after graduation.

“These were kids who had a lot of intellectual ability, but due to personal struggles and not having a clear pathway to careers after graduation, quite honestly, instead of seeing them succeed, I ended up going to their funerals not long after they finished school,” he says.

That summer, while browsing at a yard sale, Rule came across a book by Calvin Coolidge titled “The Price of Freedom.”

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