In a never-ending quest to find schools to learn from, I found myself flying into the Sault St. Marie airport in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and driving north and west, parallel to Lake Superior. For all intents and purposes, I felt I might as well be in Canada: Residents use some of those telltale Canadian vowel sounds, and the weather is pretty intense.

I was drawn there by the lure of a particular school — Brimley Elementary — where 59 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch and where a larger proportion of students met or exceeded state reading and math standards than those in the rest of the state.

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