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A year ago, little Peter Ciaccio, a 7-year-old from Wilton, Conn., rarely listened or followed directions. The Tilford W. Miller School student has Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder tendencies but was never formally diagnosed.

Do the Right Thing, a Miami Police Department-sponsored organization that rewards students for positive behavior, had done its own thing but was in search of more.

For a Tennessee native, William Mathis fits in well as a rural New Englander. And for a counselor by training, he sure makes a capable superintendent--one who was just recognized as one of AASA's four national Superintendent of the Year finalists.

Colorado: Vouchers Start Next Year

About 4,000 Colorado students in the state's neediest districts will be eligible for school vouchers next year under legislation signed by Gov. Bill Owens in April. The voucher legislation is the first to be passed by a state since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that vouchers were constitutional last June.

Study: Boys Literate in Spite of School

Boys will be boys. Research suggests that boys don't like to read and don't read very well. Two Canadian education professors have shown that earlier studies don't tell the full story.

18,000 Look To Transfer in New York City

Parents of more than 18,000 New York City children have demanded they be transferred out of failing public schools and into better-performing schools as one of the rights given under No Child Left Behind.

Want to start a debate at your next board meeting? Try arguing that smaller class sizes really aren't effective, despite the popular sentiment in favor of them. The debate on the benefits of smaller class size vs. the long-term costs and effects on the system continues to rage. Scholars and analysts have not reached consensus on whether the benefits are worth the costs, but a mountain of research suggests key positives and a few negatives.


Every once in a while, it's good to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Working day-to-day, whether at a magazine or a school district, can be akin to living with young children. Each day they grow, both physically and mentally, yet it's others who typically notice the leaps because the change from day to day can be so incremental.

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