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Eugene Ending Small High School Experiment

AP | March 1, 2013 7:55 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon

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North Eugene High School is ending a small school experiment that began seven years ago with a $900,000 grant from the Gates Foundation.

The Eugene School District says North’s three small schools — IDEAS, Academy of Arts, and the International High School — will disappear next fall.

Principal Eric Anderson says teachers and staff made the decision concerned about student equity.

The Register-Guard reports the small-school model brought some improvements in statewide test scores but not across all three schools.

Anderson said the system amounted to self-selecting segregation and the staff concluded all students deserved the same opportunities. Classes offered in the sciences and arts programs will be available to all students.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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