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A Closer Look (State of Our Schools) Part I #183667

ABC Evening News for Monday, Nov 01, 1999
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The reopening of South High School in Cleveland, Ohio, after four boys plotted an attack on students and the cancellation of classes in Redmond, WA, due to Internet chat room threats of violence reported.

(Highlands Ranch, Colorado: Tom Foreman) The school safety finding linking the greater danger to bigger schools examined; statistics cited. [Education Department Patricia McNEAL - says thousand-student schools are big.] [Beyond the Classroom author Temple University psychology professor Laurence STEINBERG - says the kids' behavioral problems are not picked up in big schools.] How one large Denver school was designed to appear smaller detailed. [Denver high school principal Jim WALLENDORF - explains his plan of getting kids together.] [High school teacher Sarah PASCOE, student Patty WELCH - talk about the importance of interaction.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Great Barrington, Massachusetts: Michele Norris) The proposal to do away with the current high school examined; details given of the alternative of early college for teens. [Simon's Rock College freshman Natasha LLORENZ - says the old system does not work.] [Bard College President Leon BOTSTEIN - says high school is boring.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Tomorrow's look at the middle school previewed.

Foreman, Tom;
Jennings, Peter;
Norris, Michele

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