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The bucolic Amish country of Lancaster County, Pa., is home to a group that survives with only basic means, minimal possessions and the bare essentials of shelter. But these people are not Amish. They're the homeless of Lancaster, a city with typical urban problems. Chief among them is its homeless students.
The joke used to be that getting families involved in their children's education was like the weather: Everyone discussed it, but no one did much about it.
That's no longer true. Schools are beefing up their efforts--especially Title I schools, required by No Child Left Behind to provide for parent involvement at the state, district and local school levels.
I'm always looking for ways to better understand the magazine's readers. I interview administrators while writing stories, I meet readers at trade shows, and I trade e-mails with officials about the magazine's contents.