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Jun 2004

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Ken Hanrahan could hardly believe his ears. While attending a dinner hosted by International Business Machines last October, several IBM managers were enthusiastically sharing stories with him about the technology program at Jennings (Mo.) School District.

Digging up an 18th century fort in Bedford, Penn., keeps students honed into their history.

Encouraging people to own homes in once-run-down Bay Shore, N.Y., improves stability and student success.

When a third grader's mom called frantically searching for her son who was late coming home from school, Eastlawn Elementary School Principal Jeff Lauer was out of the building at a district meeting. Lauer's assistant reached him on his cell phone.


Flashback: The year was 1994, and Washoe County School District's self-insured health plan was on life support. The Reno, Nevada-based district was facing a 45 percent rate increase. Continued, drastic rate hikes would prove fatal to the program and injure the district's bottom line.

It's a great irony--the shortage of scientifically based research on how to improve student achievement in science--but school districts aren't laughing. Under No Child Left Behind, students must be tested in science at least once in each grade span (3-5, 6-9 and 10-12) during the 2007-2008 school year. In preparation, states must have science standards in place by the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year. By the end of that school year, science classes must be taught by highly qualified teachers.


Update on No Child After Two Years

More students are using tutoring while not choosing another school to get a quality education. States and districts are dragging their feet when it comes to updating teacher qualifications. And funding is still a big issue.

These are among the findings in the most comprehensive national examination of all aspects of No Child Left Behind implementation.


Imagine going to a cocktail party stocked with superintendents and other district-level leaders. Guests would share some of their success stories, reveal some of their biggest headaches, and offer their opinion on the federal law everyone is working under.

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