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Once the educators in Lexington got a handle on how badly some of their students were doing, they threw themselves into fixing the problem. But some parents were surprised that there had never before been a system to identify students who needed help and how to get them help. And the superintendent worried that parents of resident students would begin to resent the help students coming in from Boston were getting. All in all, things were very unsettled for a while.

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Episode 1 – How Do We Know Which Districts are Extra-Ordinary?

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Episode 4: Chicago, Illinois


ExtraOrdinary Districts was made possible with a grant from The Wallace Foundation, which fosters improvements in learning and enrichment for children from low-income families and encourages efforts to improve the recruitment, training, and support of school leaders.

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