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ERIC Number: EJ767850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
A District's Role in Building Safe and Civil Schools
Jacobsen, Mike D.; Polin, Marcie R.
Principal Leadership, v7 n4 p36-40 Dec 2006
There was a time in U.S. education when good management might have sufficed. If administrators balanced the budgets, hired adequate staff, and purchased the established instructional curricula, they did enough. However, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) changed that dramatically. Today, districts are accountable for the academic proficiency of all students in their care. If educators fail to improve academic achievement by meeting a state-defined adequate yearly progress measure, they must take corrective action--which more than likely translates into a budget concern. Clearly, education leaders can no longer just "do things right," although that continues to be a necessary component of district function. Today, district leaders need to "do the right things" that will make it possible to close achievement gaps, to partner with families and communities, to foster excellence in their teaching staffs, and to support the educational process for all of their students. White River School District in Washington State has been doing things right for many years. In this article, the author describes the efforts of the district to ensure a safe and civil environment at White River schools. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001