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School on the mend

from The Boston Globe

The wiry third-grader thrust his arm into the air, eager to ask a question of Blackstone Elementary School's new principal on the first day of classes yesterday. "What is metamorphosis?" asked the boy, who proudly called himself a budding scientist. The question could not have been more appropriate or timely, as the principal, Stephen Zrike, and his staff embark on a three-year effort to dramatically turn around this low-achieving school in Boston's South End and avert a state takeover. "Metamorphosis in my mind means change," Zrike answered during an unannounced visit to the class. "I'd say this school has gone through a metamorphosis this summer." more


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