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Oct 2004

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Cover Story

Public scrutiny of administrator compensation is intensifying

Individual and district reactions to that pressure are varied

With every action there clearly comes a reaction

Features

When Microsoft introduced its Tablet PCs two years ago, and promised a revolution in education technology, expectations were high. But revolutions aren't spontaneous, and two years later K-12 adoption of tablets has been minimal, held back by high prices and low functionality.

Controversy is swirling in education circles after results of national test scores show charter schools, considered an alternative to public schools in the No Child Left Behind act, may not be what they are cracked up to be.

Public scrutiny of administrator compensation is intensifying

Individual and district reactions to that pressure are varied

With every action there clearly comes a reaction

They both want the youth of today to be great leaders of tomorrow. They both support the ideas behind the revised Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which strives to close the achievement gap between whites and minorities and ensure every child is proficient in core subjects in 10 years.

Solutions

Imagine being commissioned to make a 30-minute documentary about the yield on investments in U.S. public education. You sift through piles of data and find some gold nuggets. Each one reveals a different perspective. As you dig deeper, you find a story layered with complexity. Finally, you realize the truth: "The whole story can't be told in 30 minutes."

The other Michael Moore says faith fuels his strength for school leadership

Briefings

Glimmers Of Hope in No Child

Something good is coming out of adequate yearly progress reports.

In pockets across the nation, such as in North Carolina and Mississippi, great gains are happening.

Departments

Software Technology

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