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From the Editor

A superintendent I know once heard somebody at a party discussing the latest study on reaching at-risk children. Although the findings didn’t exactly jibe with his first-hand knowledge, he was so eager to improve this part of his district that he immediately began revamping some policies.

As intriguing ideas go, this one sounded great.

Pairing consumer advocate Ralph Nader against former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to debate education in front of thousands of school board members and administrators promised some fireworks.

Never before, in my three-plus years at this magazine, has one piece inflamed so many readers and generated so much mail. For the few of you who didn’t see the column and have yet to write a letter about it, I’m referring to Gary Stager’s December topic, “Why Teachers Don’t Use Computers,” p. 47.

Let’s play a word association game. I’ll write something and when you read it, record the first thought that comes to your mind.

Here goes: No Child Left Behind.

We ran a dramatic cover in June with the words "We're Broke" over the captions of three school district administrators and the amount of shortfalls from their upcoming budgets.

Two years ago, when times were flush for both school districts and the companies that sell them technology products, the big question was: When will all the technological wonders being created actually show up in classrooms?