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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.

Metropolitan Nashville (Tenn.) Public Schools is one of the largest urban districts in the country, covering 525 square miles of Davidson County and including 75,000 students and more than 9,000 staff members. The district has maintained its Web site since 1997.

So here is the latest news about the Web for school leaders: it's not as scary for kids as it has been made out to be, your students are already using social networking tools extensively to discuss schoolwork, and, believe it or not, your parents support more use of social Web tools in schools.

10/2007

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.

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.

Probing Science in Fairfax County

Defensive Action with Bulletproof Backpacks

New clothes? Check. Notebooks and binders? Check. Bulletproof backpack? Check ... ?

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).

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