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Controversy is swirling in education circles after results of national test scores show charter schools, considered an alternative to public schools in the No Child Left Behind act, may not be what they are cracked up to be.

Perhaps it's time to end political social promotion

Public scrutiny of administrator compensation is intensifying

Individual and district reactions to that pressure are varied

With every action there clearly comes a reaction

They both want the youth of today to be great leaders of tomorrow. They both support the ideas behind the revised Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which strives to close the achievement gap between whites and minorities and ensure every child is proficient in core subjects in 10 years.

Dropping the Dropout Rate

When college-age mentors from the New Directions program in Harlingen, Texas, came calling at Dora Oliveras' middle school, she was wary at first. "I was doing OK in school," she recalls, "and I thought maybe New Directions was some kind of special ed program in high school."

As superintendents and school districts face the challenges of mandated testing and the pressure to improve test scores, there's a danger we may develop a very short-sighted approach to education--an approach that could deprive students of experiences they need to succeed as adults in our global society.

OK, your district has just approved the purchase of new technology that will greatly enhance the classroom-learning environment. Now, the big question is: How do you make sure your teachers are actually going to use the equipment?

Four years ago, West Clermont, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, had two traditional high schools with a district graduation rate of about 76 percent and problems with student attendance and behavior.

One textbook was once good for all students. Many teachers, with no guidelines, just winged their lessons. And administrators knew some students struggled with reading, but couldn't pinpoint if the problem was comprehension or vocabulary.