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What's Good in Education, Aug. 18, 2010

Vol. XI, No. 3

Posted: August 18, 2010 1:48 p.m.
Updated: August 19, 2010 12:45 p.m.

More than 23,000 students returned to Hart District classrooms on Aug. 12.

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Hart District Named for Mix It Up Model Schools
The Hart District, which had 15 schools participating in Mix It Up Day last year, has been designated as Mix It Up Model Schools by Teaching Tolerance--the only school district in the country to achieve that distinction.

The district programs are featured on the Tolerance.org web site in the hope that other schools and districts will learn from the local success and work to create inclusive school communities through Mix It Up. Teaching Tolerance is an arm of the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the leading civil rights advocacy organizations in America today.

Mix It Up Day calls for schools to sponsor lunchtime activities that encourage students to reach beyond their usual clique of friends and embrace the diversity of each local campus. The district's story is featured here.

School Opens for 23,000 Students
More than 23,000 students returned to Hart District classrooms on Aug. 12, with only a few minor distractions--not-quite-finished classrooms, heavy traffic on access roads and drop-off zones, and students searching for classrooms on unfamiliar campuses.

There were 23,358 students enrolled on the Friday before school opened, up 61 students from the same day in 2009. The number is expected to drop in the next few weeks as students who fail to appear are dropped from school rosters.

Parents will have their own back-to-school welcome at official Back to School Night programs running from Aug. 19 to Sept. 29 on various campuses.

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