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For a new teacher, starting a school year is a strange mix of excitement, anticipation, and-to be perfectly honest-even panic and terror. In my first year, I was told I would be given some of the most difficult students in the school to "try a fresh approach where other teachers had failed." I spent the weekend wondering if I could really fulfill those expectations. How well I remember the anxiety of the days before meeting my first classes, when I imagined the worst and believed that accepting that job might have been a dreadful mistake.

We ran a dramatic cover in June with the words "We're Broke" over the captions of three school district administrators and the amount of shortfalls from their upcoming budgets.

The Push for Same-Sex Schooling

Would boys focus more on schoolwork without the distraction of girls in their class? Would girls be more assertive in school without worrying about competing with boys? The U.S. Department of Education is willing to give the idea a try.


Server management in a school often means a trip to a smallwiring closet. With the new Xserve, a 1U rack-mount server designed to complement Apple's UNIXbased Mac OS X software, hardware and software monitoring can be done in a snap from a desktop.

You could call it a technological wonder, or a slap to student rights. But the most accurate description might just be Big Mother.

In the first year of the E-rate, schools filed paper applications (some of which got sent back for want of a blue-ink signature) and then waited eight months for funds that looked like they would never come.

At a suburban elementary school in Washington, just outside Seattle, students sometimes learn best when they match the natural beauty of the great outdoors with man-made plastic computers chips. Students at Benjamin Rush Elementary School in the Lake Washington School District walk through nearby wetlands, take digital pictures of plant species, transport them into their color-screened iPaq handheld computers, and sync the handhelds to a computer to research plants on the Internet. Thus, they create a walking guide to plants on the handheld.

Whether you have faith in standardized testing or hope the pendulum swings the other way real soon, you have to admit that there's power in data. The question is how that data is understood and used.