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Sep 2006

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Cover Story

The headlines can be brutal: School superintendent arrested. Officials say embezzlement scheme netted $8 million. And suddenly a Google search turns up criticism of the district's practice not just from standard media articles, but CPA newsletters, trade publications and professional blogs.

Features

The headlines can be brutal: School superintendent arrested. Officials say embezzlement scheme netted $8 million. And suddenly a Google search turns up criticism of the district's practice not just from standard media articles, but CPA newsletters, trade publications and professional blogs.

The FUTURE ARRIVES IN WEST Philadelphia on Sept. 7, a first-of-its-kind building and concept in the world of how K-12 public school should operate.

It began as a typical teenage scuffle: someone said something about someone's girlfriend, whose friends felt compelled to retaliate.

Most students hate assigned seating. However, in Karen Hull's classroom at the Little River School in Kansas, the students requested it over and over. That's because Hull, a middle school language arts and social studies teacher, grouped her students by learning styles.

Solutions

Imagine coming up with a new way to distribute curriculum to more than 2,000 teachers at 52 campuses? That's what Dirk Funk, instructional technology facilitator for the Amarillo (Texas) Independent School District, was charged with two years ago. Luckily for Amarillo, Funk successfully rose to the challenge.

Problem: Middle school math students in Canton City (Ohio) School District were performing below average on state assessment exams and not making AYP.

We know how to design buildings for minimal heat loss, says Professor Stephen Hempell, but "no one knows how to prevent learning loss." Hempell isn't being pessimistic, and he is well aware of research showing that physical variables such as air quality, temperature and noise can have an effect on learning.

Briefings

Strategy Sent to Congress For Reauthorization

In a comprehensive report, the National Education Association spelled out what it will take to make the federal No Child Left Behind act work for all children.

Departments

When's the last time you had one of those moments when popular culture or non-educator friends or even a board member said something about education so nonsensical that it made you crazy, but also scared you into thinking that maybe a lot of people felt this way?

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