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If you visit the District of Manatee County in Florida, be ready to hand over your driver's license to have it swiped and checked against a database of sex offenders.

Jack Hoke knows a good thing when he sees it. When it comes to hiring principals for his district schools, Hoke, the superintendent of Alexander County (N.C.) Schools, has hit upon a sure bet: Look for graduates of the North Carolina Principals Fellows Program (PFP).

Dr. Beverly L. Hall's goal when she became the superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools in 1999 was to transform the struggling K12 school system into one of the nation's leading urban districts. Hall targeted the youngest students first, implementing a standards-based curriculum at the elementary school level. In 2003, 75 percent of fourth-graders met or exceeded the state standard for reading, and 67 percent met or exceeded the state standard for math, up from 47 percent and 43 percent respectively in 2000.

Teachers and students at Escondido Union School District (Calif.) are becoming veritable desktop moviemakers thanks to a digital media project that has boosted teacher morale and student achievement.

Affordable College for All

KALAMAZOO (MICH.) HIGH School graduates have promise literally. If they attend a state college or university, they are promised free or reduced tuition thanks to anonymous donors who have created a program now inspiring similar efforts across the country.

Partnering with Higher Ed