Table of Contents: District Administration, Oct 2010

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Cover Story

Do per-pupil expenditures equal school success?



Service learning projects apply academic skills and knowledge to address real-life issues.
Administrators plan ahead by implementing flexible technology now to prevent major overhauls later.
Do per-pupil expenditures equal school success?
Technologically savvy and a voice for rural school leaders—meet Bradford Saron.
Critics say recent state immigration policies are segregating schools.


Online Edge

Passing the test and getting kids into college are not enough.

Professional Opinion

Recommendations for how the federal government can better support a well-rounded education for each child.


District Profile

Balsz (Ariz.) Elementary School District, the first school district in Arizona to adopt a 200-day calendar, is reporting impressive academic improvements after only one year.

Administrator Profile

John O'Connor, executive director for special services at the DeKalb (Ga.) County School System, has helped reinvent instruction for special ed students.


News Update

HISD applies innovative methods from successful charter schools and applies them to its 20 lowest performing schools.
New federal grant program will produce climate surveys assessing how comfortable students feel in schools.
States using college admission tests such as the SAT or ACT for measuring achievement of state learning standards are being cautioned to rethink using tests in this manner.
Students nationwide are solving environmental issues in their community for Disney's Planet Challenge.
A new Web video series shows students where their interests in math and science can lead them in terms of a college education and careers.
New report reveals that college students are not so media savvy when it comes to discriminating between credible sources online.
Warren County (Ky.) Public Schools opened the state's largest school to address the district's growing size.
LAUSD builds $578 million school complex.


Recommended reading for district leaders.
The latest in hardware, software, books and materials, facilities and the Internet.
More choices for student response systems.
Director of Race to the Top Joanne Weiss
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