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Few topics strike terror in the hearts of K-12 school administrators like the evolution v. intelligent design debate and with good reason.

Florida's Anti-Voucher Ruling Challenged

A voucher school advocacy group is looking to change the Florida state's uniformity clause so it would allow for public funds to go toward voucher school programs in the Sunshine state.

03/2006

What can districts do to ensure that professional development strategies and spending align with findings from the best available research and affect student achievement? Three 2005 reports address these questions.

Forty or so years ago it wasn't far-fetched to consider school administrators as the glass-office workers they may have been, cloistered away from the voices of parents, students and staff they governed. But that's certainly not the scenario in Spokane, Wash., where Brian Benzel ensures daily that there's no communication breakdown on his watch. "Communication is a two-way process: information giving and receiving," says this son of a Ford Motor Co. salesman. And boy does Benzel take communication to a whole new level.

Getting Tough on School Shootings

The murder of a Tennessee high school assistant principal in November points to an alarming trend in school safety.

Charlie Brown calls it an effort to make the world a smaller place. The distance learning facilitator of the Magnolia (Texas) Independent School District, just 40 miles northwest of Houston, is the technical advisor responsible for connecting his students to videoconferences with students all over the world.

Seattle (Wash.) Public Schools www.seattleschools.org

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It was a heady day for the staff and students of the Poughkeepsie Middle School, a struggling institution just 82 miles north of Manhattan. The students and faculty were greeted by U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton and Discovery Channel CEO and President Judith A. McHale for the grand opening of the middle school's new state-of-the-art television studio.

Last May, a first grader named Jasmine transferred to Mendota Elementary School, a K-5 school that's part of the Madison (Wis.) Metropolitan School District. She could barely read. Her parents were frustrated at her former teachers for letting their daughter fall so far behind.

Like the crest of a wave that's been building slowly as it rolls toward shore, the high school reform movement broke in 2005. For years, elementary school education has been front and center for policymakers and advocates. But with a high-profile governors summit on high school reform last February, a mention in President Bush's State of the Union Address and new initiatives popping up from the federal level to school districts, high schools' time in the spotlight has arrived.

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