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Imagine a crowd of 1,000 14-year-olds. Now pick 10 of them. That's how many will get a decent education and a shot at a brighter future. There's a lot that needs to change to improve those unacceptable outcomes. But the first thing? Expectations.
The day after I submit grades, I get a visit from the assistant principal. She walks in with a stack of forms. "You're going to have to change all of the failing grades to passing," she says.