June 19, 2000
Schools work, then wait
PERRY -- Even with 180 students on campus for summer classes, Taylor County Elementary School is quiet in mid-June. Janitors drag floor buffers down silent halls. Bright sunlight bounces off the almost empty parking lot.
Tragic tale is replete with comic relief
At the Blackthorne trial, grim testimony combines with an unconventional judge's penchant for humor.
The state has too few foster homes and too many children who need them. The result, critics say, is pressure to overlook allegations of abuse.
School testing companies score it big
Assessing achievement has grown into a lucrative business. But crunching so many tests can lead to criticism, mistakes and delays.