Turnaround Shot

Waldsmith, Lynn
November 2003
Teacher Magazine;Nov/Dec2003, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p9
For years, tardiness was a major problem at Yukon High School in central Oklahoma. The school has two campuses�one for grades 9 and 10 and another for grades 11 and 12�located a five-minute walk apart, and students who took courses at both sites were often late for class. Last fall, a school reform group studied the issue, soliciting recommendations from students on how to solve the problem. Many suggested that the school could help students get to class on time if it linked the two campuses' separate public address and bell systems. The reform group persuaded the local board of education to purchase and install a costly unified announcement and bell system; now everyone is in synchronization. The Yukon High students are among more than 100,000 teenagers in 14 states who got involved with school reform this past year through a new Pew Charitable Trusts program called Project 540.


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