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Jul 2005

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Would you pay someone to tell you what to do? This millennium, K-12 administrators are increasingly answering in the affirmative.

All the teachers in Cheltenham Township School District were clamoring for new desktop PCs, convinced that it was old, slow processors making their classroom computing crawl. But Gary Bixby, director of support services and facilities management, knew that new machines wouldn't solve their problems.

How is ABC Elementary doing compared to XYZ Elementary across town, or JKL Elementary in that district across the river?

Schools, districts and even classrooms are stacked up against each other all the time. During meetings. In the media. At the supermarket. Yet, "very few comparisons are actually appropriate," says Richard J. Wenning, director of operations and accountability at the Colorado League of Charter Schools.

In December 1997, three students were shot dead and five were wounded by a 14-year-old student as they took part in a prayer circle in the first-floor lobby of their Kentucky high school, just minutes before classes started.

It put West Paducah's Heath High School on the map of school shootings.


Another Alternative For Special Ed Students

A new flexibility option under No Child Left Behind gives states the chance to allow 2 percent of students with academic disabilities to take tests that are specifically geared toward their abilities.


This was going to be the easiest Editor's Letter I'd written all year. It's summer and I wanted to reflect that change in atmosphere by putting aside the usual issues and bringing together baseball and education.