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Teachers on Front Lines Offer Ideas to Fix Troubled Schools

September 15, 2010

Once upon a time, "Room 222," a television show about a troubled high school, attracted a national audience. The veteran teacher was handsome. The beginning teacher was perky. The principal was gruff. The theme song had a flute. Ed Smalley Jr., now 60 and white-haired, was in teachers college when "Room 222" was in its heyday in the 1970s. He now teaches history at Rancho High School "I saw that," Smalley recalled, "and I said, 'Wow, that's what I'm going to do.' "Guess what? A half-hour TV show isn't reality." He added: "If I had scriptwriters writing for me, I'd have had a wonderful career. They solve everything." Last week, four teachers with more than a century of classroom experience - 122 years, to be exact, 31 just for Smalley - gathered in a room. They spent nearly two hours talking about how to fix Clark County's troubled schools. To read more, click here 

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