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Aug 2004

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Pity superintendent Gary Prest. Every school building in his district, Bloomington (Minn.) Public Schools, needed renovations.

At Forsyth Public Schools in Georgia, kindergarten students point and click to help learn their alphabet. At Bellevue School

With a run down, antiquated school building that's poorly built (not to mention architecturally uninteresting), the problems are obvious. There are the health and safety factors, and then there are comfort concerns. Managing today's technology and security needs also becomes a challenge with old schools. In many districts across the country, the solution seems cut-and-dried. It's time to build a new school.


While most K-12 schools host open-house nights each fall for parents to visit classrooms and see district facilities, Onekama schools in Michigan encourage people to drop by all year long, at any time of day.


A Little District That

In a village severely disadvantaged by sheer geography, it would be easy for the failure of a single student to go unnoticed. Located in the heart of Alaska, Galena is only accessible by boat (in the summer, when the river is ice-free) and by plane. But when one of the district's 13 seniors from its K-12 facility, Galena City School, didn't graduate this year, educators didn't just chalk it up to statistics.


New England's Bold Test: Multi-State Assessments

A better quality assessment of what every student learns, including special education and English language learners, is what new multi-state assessment tests are all about.


When life gets complicated, one of the most alluring concepts to consider is a fresh start. Wouldn't we all like a second crack at the tasks we've made harder through mistakes and inattention?


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