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reading coach Johnnie Renick said.Carters book, No Excuses, is a 121-page diagnosis of 21 high performing, high-poverty schools in 13 states, including Alabamas neighbors, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia.Curriculum West Coast Valuers Coordinator Dee Dee Jones said the schedule-change idea came from several schools highlighted in Carters book.The thing they seemed to have in common was they believed every child could succeed, Jones said.They had individual prescriptions for the students, and they would push them to meet expectations.Decatur educators learned about the book at a meeting with the Alabama Department of Education in August.

Carter was in Decatur last week at the invitation of Cedar Ridge Middle School Principal Beth Lacy who asked him to participate in a professional development workshop.Carter discussed and answered questions about his book with the staffs of the citys three middle schools.With 74 percent of his students qualifying for the federal governments free or reduced lunch program — a measure of poverty at a school — Brookhaven Principal Larry Collier said the staff wanted to see if it could learn from successful schools in Carters book.

I was very excited when the staff said they wanted to make the change, Collier said.They identified the problems (with math and reading), and they came up with a great idea to solve the problems.The Brookhaven staff knows it is taking a risk in concentrating more on two subjects.Since devising a school improvement plan last summer to improve test scores, Hales data showed that math and reading are a bigger issue than the staff realized.

Collier said the educators are not changing the improvement plan that requires approved lesson plans and additional remediation for struggling students, but adding to it.Weve got to make sure the students are getting their basics, Collier said.We test weak in math and reading, and those subjects carry over into the other subjects.

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