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Standout Schools in Oregon

The Oregonian series on "Standout Schools" profiles three schools that are using innovative methods to reach kids. Monday's piece looks at Mt. Tabor Middle School in Portland where the staff makes a special effort to bond with the students. "Teachers work in teams with small groups of students. They know their students and quickly intervene when one stumbles," reporter Steven Carter writes. "When a boy doesn't show up for school, for instance, a staff member goes to his house to get him." The focus is on the personal at Mt. Tabor. Should more schools go to these lengths? Can they? Tuesday's piece looks at the impact an innovative principal is making at his high school. Do you know of instances where one principal has made all the difference in improving a school? Let us know.

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