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Seventh graders at Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School in Jaffrey, N.H., are rallying round the frog.
Next year, when Naomi Klarreich is not developing new theories to help physicists understand the nature of space and time, she'll be working to improve the quality of math instruction in the Cleveland public schools.
Schools Chancellor Rudy F. Crew unveiled a plan last week to reorganize the central administration of the New York City school system. He called for a streamlined headquarters that advances, rather than impedes, innovation.
By the end of the first decade of the new millennium, the demise of independent schools was nearly complete. What had been as recently as the end of the 1990s a system of a thousand blooms, all of differing varieties but with common roots, had been sufficiently extirpated or grafted onto new hosts that the original species had all but become extinct.
A recent Newsweek article posed the following question: "Are the schools getting better, worse, or just jogging in place?" and then responded, "The answer is yes and no and all of the above."
When Ramon C. Cortines, the schools chancellor in New York City, resigned under pressure from City Hall last June, people in the schools were dismayed. According to The New York Times, a 9th-grade student worried, "What's going to happen to us?" and a teacher complained, "There's been no one to stay the course." Turnover at the top had again disrupted the life and work of a troubled school district that had seen four new chancellors in just seven years.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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