Despite long odds, the Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford means business. Chintan Desai knows a little about learning on his feet. In August 2010, the day after he graduated from the University of California-Davis, he moved cross-country to teach fifth-grade social studies in Helena-West Helena at KIPP: Delta College Preparatory. The charter school serves a student body that's 92 percent low-income and 94 percent African American. A new Teach for America corps member, Desai had never set foot in the South. "Take everything where I grew up in California, and take the exact opposite, and that was Helena, Arkansas," he recalled. "It's a poor town, it's got a lot of challenges, it's got racial dynamics which...
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Chintan Desai is trying to turn the Delta blue