If you are looking for educators who have figured something out about how to improve schools, you could start by looking at Wade Carpenter Middle School.

The first thing to know about Wade Carpenter is that it is in Nogales, Arizona, one of the poorest cities in the country. This is the Nogales with the big fence along the Mexican border. I visited last spring, and I found that pictures had not prepared me for the fence’s looming, efficient brutality. Not that the fence is impermeable. Drugs and guns — at least in local lore — are regularly catapulted over the fence. And, not long before I visited, a 16-year-old Mexican boy died when he was shot repeatedly by U.S. border guards through the fence’s metal bars.

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