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Dec 2003

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Cover Story

The message on the projector slide seemed clear enough: A school board hires the district's chief executive, and then that person selects a team.

Features

For decades, Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg has given visitors an up-close and personal view of life in 17th century America.

Superintendent Alex DiNino got two pieces of advice from a fellow administrator in a nearby district when he initially got involved in his district's multi-school construction program: Your job has yet to begin, and wear old shoes.

The message on the projector slide seemed clear enough: A school board hires the district's chief executive, and then that person selects a team.

Solutions

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.

This leading man reinvents a community with a can-do attitude, serious fundraising and a media blitz

Briefings

Paige: U.S. Schools Like Apartheid

As the federal government tries to improve student success under No Child Left Behind, the nation's top educator complains that many minority children are served so poorly it can be compared to apartheid conditions.

Departments

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.

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