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Connie Langland

Connie Langland is a freelance education writer.
Recent Articles

With school about to start, District 'clarifies' uniform policy

Some schools enforced strict rules on dress, while others all but abandoned any requirements.

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Neighborhood schools bolster 9th graders

Each one has an academy for freshmen that provides extra support. The goal? Prevent the downward spiral that can start with one failed class.

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Blunt talk, from personal experience

Some schools have speakers in to share their stories of addiction and mental health issues, while others are experimenting with mindfulness.

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Organizations that deal with mental health issues

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How other districts govern

In some cities, parents have more clout.

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Should it stay or go?

Some say it's time to abolish the controversial School Reform Commission and switch to local control.

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How schools teach English amid other lessons

ESOL teachers can provide support in the classroom or outside it. Some schools take a bilingual approach.

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Schools embrace new arrivals

Among the ways they do this is through community-building and studying various cultures.

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Neighborhood high schools look to reinvent themselves

Ninth graders will get extra attention. Principals may adopt special themes and focus more on careers and college.

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Seeking accountability, states revise charter laws

Pennsylvania has not updated its original 1997 law that allowed the schools' creation.

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