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Oct 2007

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Cover Story

Are you familiar with the Pacific Northwest tree octopus? Most likely not. Good thing there is a Web site on the Internet to tell you all about it!

Features

AS THE MAGAZINE OF EDUCATION LEADERSHIP for top-level decision makers in K12 education, District Administration reaches key executives in virtually every school district in the United States, including superintendents, business officers, technology managers, curriculum directors, library/ media center directors and funding administrators. Certainly no one is better qualified to comment on current district spending than the readers of this magazine.

Are you familiar with the Pacific Northwest tree octopus? Most likely not. Good thing there is a Web site on the Internet to tell you all about it!

By 2030, almost half the population in the United States will speak a language other than English, meaning the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) in schools nationwide will also increase. And critics of the federal No Child Left Behind law say that federal requirements of ELLs hurt school districts.

Solutions

In Great Britain, the times for Educational Supplement reported this year that four out of five primary schools plan to replace traditional subject teaching with interdisciplinary, themebased lessons, as recommended by the Royal Society of Arts' "Opening Minds" project. The objective of the project will sound familiar to U.S. educators-to prepare students for success in a global economy that demands sophisticated skills in handling information, people and situations.

Jack Hoke knows a good thing when he sees it. When it comes to hiring principals for his district schools, Hoke, the superintendent of Alexander County (N.C.) Schools, has hit upon a sure bet: Look for graduates of the North Carolina Principals Fellows Program (PFP).

Briefings

Are Scools "Drug-Infested"?

A new study from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University is calling U.S. middle and high schools "drug-infested," while at the same time other major studies point to an overall decline in teen drug use.

Departments

Out with the Old, In with the "New"

Doubting the Dialogue

In the September Inside the Law story you attest you are in favor of beginning a "dialogue on these critical issues," i.e., the ones that pertain to whether it is still necessary to use race as a criterion for desegregation. I, however, am doubtful of the sincerity of your statement.