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Jun 2003

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Cover Story

A year ago, little Peter Ciaccio, a 7-year-old from Wilton, Conn., rarely listened or followed directions. The Tilford W. Miller School student has Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder tendencies but was never formally diagnosed.

Features

A year ago, little Peter Ciaccio, a 7-year-old from Wilton, Conn., rarely listened or followed directions. The Tilford W. Miller School student has Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder tendencies but was never formally diagnosed.

Solutions

Want to start a debate at your next board meeting? Try arguing that smaller class sizes really aren't effective, despite the popular sentiment in favor of them. The debate on the benefits of smaller class size vs. the long-term costs and effects on the system continues to rage. Scholars and analysts have not reached consensus on whether the benefits are worth the costs, but a mountain of research suggests key positives and a few negatives.

Want to start a debate at your next board meeting? Try arguing that smaller class sizes really aren’t effective, despite the popular sentiment in favor of them. The debate on the benefits of smaller class size vs. the long-term costs and effects on the system continues to rage. Scholars and analysts have not reached consensus on whether the benefits are worth the costs, but a mountain of research suggests key positives and a few negatives.

Do the Right Thing, a Miami Police Department-sponsored organization that rewards students for positive behavior, had done its own thing but was in search of more.

For a Tennessee native, William Mathis fits in well as a rural New Englander. And for a counselor by training, he sure makes a capable superintendent--one who was just recognized as one of AASA's four national Superintendent of the Year finalists.

Briefings

18,000 Look To Transfer in New York City

Parents of more than 18,000 New York City children have demanded they be transferred out of failing public schools and into better-performing schools as one of the rights given under No Child Left Behind.

Departments

A superintendent I know once heard somebody at a party discussing the latest study on reaching at-risk children. Although the findings didn’t exactly jibe with his first-hand knowledge, he was so eager to improve this part of his district that he immediately began revamping some policies.