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Save That School

Don't Shutter So Fast...

Get to school before it closes!
Get to school before it closes!

Losing a school for academic reasons is a brutal business, no matter how poorly the school may be performing. Parents hate the uncertainty and fear that their children will be disadvantaged. Teachers and administrators resent being blamed for a school’s failure and worry about finding new jobs.

Nevertheless, some districts are in full shutdown mode. Washington, D.C., administrators want 23 schools reorganized in the next few years. New York City plans to start 14 to 20 campuses from scratch by the end of this school year.

Yet there appears to be a growing opinion that the lowest performing five percent of schools—about 5,000 nationwide—deserve another chance before the blow-it-up-and-start-again strategy. Policy wonks predict the next version of NCLB is likely to give stronger encouragement—and more dollars—toward turning around lagging schools instead of shutting them down. The Gates Foundation is also pushing on the school turnaround front. It funded a recent report by the Mass Insight Education and Research Institute that prescribes radical intervention instead of closing up shop. Some suggestions in it sound familiar, such as finding more time for student learning. But it is worth another look instead of the drastic alternatives.

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    Bad Girls Don't Die

    Bad Girls Don't Die

    by Katie Alender

    Alexis has enough problems already. At home, she's dealing with her parents' dysfunctional marriage and her sister Kasey's weird and annoying obsession with dolls. At school, Alexis is a rebellious outcast who doesn't fit in, and she's starting to fall for a preppy guy who is so totally wrong for her. So the last thing Alexis needs to be dealing with right now is a vengeful ghost.

    But that's exactly what she gets. In her family's old Victorian home, doors open and close on their own, water boils on an unlit stove, and an unplugged air conditioner blasts cold air. What's worse, Kasey is acting strange, and Alexis discovers that her sister is possessed by a violent ghost who's bent on revenge!

    When the strange happenings threaten to harm the ones she loves, Alexis realizes that it's up to her to stop the ghost and bring her sister back.

    This chilling tale will grip readers right up until its shocking conclusion!

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    Bad Girls Don't Die: From Bad to Cursed

    Bad Girls Don't Die: From Bad to Cursed

    by Katie Alender

    Alexis Confronts an All-New Paranormal Peril in Book 2 of the Spooky Series!

    Alexis is the last girl you'd expect to sell her soul. But sometimes a girl can't always tell what's really happening around her.

    • Smart, scary, and shivery with unexpected surprises
    • Edgy heroine with a fresh, contemporary appeal

    In the sequel to the best-selling novel Bad Girls Don't Die, Alexis has everything—an adorable boyfriend, the perfect best friend, and a little sister, Kasey, who's finally recovering after being possessed by an evil spirit. Alexis is thrilled when Kasey joins the Sunshine Club. After all, new friends are just what Kasey needs. But it's odd how fast the girls in the club go from dorky and antisocial to gorgeous and popular. Then Alexis learns that the girls have pledged an oath to a spirit named Aralt. She's worried that Kasey is in over her head…again! Alexis and her best friend, Megan, decide to investigate. Aralt seems harmless at first, and before long, Alexis can hardly remember why she wanted to destroy Aralt. Why would she hurt someone who has given her so much, and asked for so little in return?

    Some mature content.

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