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It was a sweet outdoor field trip moment turned sour. While relaxing on the edge of a hay wagon, taking in the scene at the farm, science lab teacher Darleen Horton remarked to a fourth grader, "Isn't this nice?" His reply: "It's scary."

A Model Classroom

Missions to Mars

After months of travel, two NASA rovers have landed and begun exploration of the Red Planet. Here on Earth, educators are creating adventures for students to embark on some Mars expeditions of their own.

There's the Mars Student Imaging Project. Teams of students in grades five and up are working with scientists, mission planners and educators from Arizona State University's Mars Space Flight Facility to image a site on Mars using a visible wavelength camera. The camera is aboard the Mars Odyssey spacecraft currently orbiting Mars.

Mixed Grades for NCLB On Second Anniversary

Virginia School Board Seeks Power to Sue Struggling Districts

A bill recently introduced in the Virginia state legislature would allow the state Board of Education to sue school districts that do not meet state performance standards.

The recruitment problems facing Columbus (Ohio) Public Schools--namely a shortage of qualified math and science teachers and a lack of minority role models--are a nearly universal challenge. The Columbus solution? Tap into internal resources.

The district's Stepping Up program has allowed classified employees to earn a math or science teaching license with no out-of-pocket costs. In exchange, the employees commit to teaching in the district for four years.

When I was in seventh grade, I remember excelling in math and liking writing. As I progressed through high school, my ability in math hit a wall around the time of calculus, but my writing skills continued to improve. Today, I have a difficult time cutting the correct angle when installing crown molding, and I use my English skills everyday in my job.

Dropping out of school is a young person's way of "divorcing" the school system. The decision to drop out, like the decision to divorce, doesn't happen in a day. Studies suggest it is the cumulative result of a series of events and circumstances. School, student, family and other non-school factors can come into play. Each student's situation is different, and schools often don't know the details since students are not required to file "divorce papers" before calling it quits.

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