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Stepping Forward, Falling Back

At Calvin Coolidge Senior High School, there is a fierce struggle going on every day to overcome years of dysfunction and decline. But despite a new spirit of reform in the air, it remains to be seen whether D.C. schools can make improvements that will last.

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Lessons in Reality
Article | A hush came over the parents and visitors who filled the makeshift rows as Calvin Coolidge Senior High School Principal L. Nelson Burton took the podium. Along the wall, dozens grew still. Bright lights cast a sheen on the brand-new paint job, and the new hardwood floor gleamed with high polish.

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