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Entries by Sarah Garland from 07/2010

Why the Anger at Closing Bad Schools?

| Posted 07.07.2010 | New York

School closings have sparked anger in African-American communities before. In the 1960s and '70s, during school desegregation, hundreds of schools in black neighborhoods were closed.

To Raise Test Scores, Plant a Garden

| Posted 07.14.2010 | New York

In response to pressure to raise achievement, administrators at a struggling New Jersey school planted a garden. They also added a peer-mediation program. Over a decade, test scores rose dramatically.

At a School Where a Student Drowned, More Than One Lesson to Be Learned

| Posted 07.16.2010 | New York

Four years ago, at an open house for his new middle school, I met Jose Maldonado, the New York City principal who may be put on probation after one of his students drowned on a field trip.