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There is a stark change in the emotional environment of a school when you take charge of the clock. Two years ago, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Rock Island-Milan (Ill.) School District #41 moved to a year-round calendar. On a recent Friday, Principal Rick Loy remarks, "I haven't had one student sent to the office all week. And I know why. We've just had two weeks off, everyone is refreshed, remotivated and their fire has been rekindled." Instead of hearing teachers and students asking when the next vacation is, Loy says they're just excited to be back.
Pledge of Performance
Sensing where the power lies, this superintendent has joined with politicians to help create workable education policies
Hillsborough County Superintendent Earl Lennard always said he would put his money where his mouth is. This year, he had to pay up.