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After taking the brunt of fiscal woes since October and promising to end the school year in the black, Seattle Schools Superintendent Joseph Olchefske is resigning to avoid further division in the district.

The Case for Student Reps

At 18, Ashley Nathanson is the youngest Anne Arundel (Md.) County Public Schools board member-and one of a growing number of student representatives nationwide. To her surprise, she felt respected from the start of her term in July 2002.

MESSAGE: Live Free or Go Broke

Will people from the "Live Free or Die" state tell the federal government to keep its NCLB regulations?

Sunburst Technology and Quickmind

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Wireless technologies have quickly moved from pilot programs to the mainstream in K-12 education. While overall education spending is likely to be flat this year, projections indicate that school districts will significantly up their spending on wireless technologies.

Forget about debating what came first, the chicken or the egg. A new trend in science is to first examine exactly how that chicken crossed the road. In other words, physics-the exploration of energy and force-is now the first science course taught at some high schools.

In these belt-tightening times, your peers share some of their more creative ideas for increasing revenue and cutting budgetary red tape

California Gov. Gray Davis is asking for a 1 percent budget increase for the state Department of Corrections. Meanwhile, he is mandating that the state cut $4.5 billion from its education budget, close to 11 percent of all its education K-12 spending.

Each week, Boston Public Schools' truancy officer John Fencer scouts out students playing hooky. Until recently, Fencer's companion on these missions was a five-pound, five-inch thick book filled with more than 60,000 names and addresses of children in the district.

Like many of the 37,000 students in her district, Kay Baker looks forward to week's end. In fact, she readily admits that Friday is her favorite day. It's a statement some might say stands as a commentary on her approach to her job-and they would be right.

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