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June 30, 2003, Extra Credit
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In Alaska, "An Extraordinary Opportunity to Build Real Excellence in Our Schools"
Following are excerpts from a recent column by Roger Sampson, the commissioner of Alaska's Department of Education and Early Development:

"While we have a big job ahead to successfully implement [No Child Left Behind], Alaska is ahead of the game because we began school reform in the early 1990s. A lot of what NCLB requires is already in place - a focus on academic achievement, student and teacher standards, student testing, and an emphasis on community and parent involvement. Now we need to instill within our schools and ourselves a constant vigilance for finding better ways to achieve increasingly better results."

"We have an extraordinary opportunity to build real excellence in our schools and finally fulfill the promise of a quality education for all children."

The complete text of Sampson's column can be found at: http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/062603/opi_myturn.shtml

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