Jessica Portner

October 4, 2000 - Education Week
 Tyler Goark, 14, and Megan Skidmore, 13, are typical students at a fairly representative middle school in a middle-class suburb. For a week last spring, they offered themselves as guides into a territory that few adults can navigate alone—7th grade.

April 28, 1999 - Education Week
 School officials, police, and local leaders in Jefferson County, Colo., worked round the clock last week trying to pick up the emotional pieces of a community torn apart by two students with firearms and an arsenal of explosives.

September 18, 1996 - Education Week
 The nation's population as a whole is aging, and the ranks of secondary school students are no exception. The percentage of 12th graders in U.S. public schools who are 19, 20, or 21 years old has nearly doubled in a decade, from 4 percent in 1984 to 7 percent in 1994, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

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