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Problem: Student discipline was poor at Harding Elementary School (Pa.), and the reading program was uninspiring and ineffective.

Can studying a second language in elementary school boost student achievement in other academic areas? Numerous studies suggest that this may be the case. Yet even though NCLB identifies foreign language as a core subject, only about a fourth of U.S. public elementary schools report teaching foreign languages, and most of these schools provide only introductory courses. Fewer than half of all U.S. high school students are studying a foreign language. Meanwhile, administration of a National Assessment for Educational Progress test for foreign language has been put on hold.

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It's not uncommon for Latin Americans to have up to 15 family members, across generations, living under one roof, according to Martin Davis, a senior writer/editor at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.


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Hurricanes Rita and Katrina left many on the Gulf Coast struggling to regain a sense of normalcy and forward momentum. But they also gave students at a number of school districts the opportunity to get involved with their communities and learn math, science, ecology, English, and even art in the process.

At the age of 14, Tim Kanold knew he wanted to be a math teacher. "It never occurred to me to do anything else," he says.

Businesses in Cleveland have always been involved with the Cleveland Municipal School District. Three years ago, however, the Greater Cleveland Partnership helped to turn casual relationships into an unprecedented partnership program called the Business/School Partnership Program.