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September 01, 2010

A Principal Left Behind

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A PRINCIPAL LEFT BEHIND

Joyce Irvine was the principal of H.O. Wheeler Elementary School in Burlington, VT. During her 6 years there, she made a great impact on students, families, and teachers. Her superintendent agrees that her work has been phenomenal, that she's a good principal, and a strong leader. Yet, last July, Joyce was removed from her job so that the Burlington School District could qualify for federal stimulus money. The funds are desperately needed by Wheeler, which serves a high poverty population. A model principal, Joyce was caught in the fine print of the Obama administration's "Blueprint for Reform." She talks about her experience, her kids, and the challenges facing low-performing schools in an age of reform.

CROSS COUNTRY IN A MODEL T

The end of summer often marks the end of new family memories and life-changing experiences. That is certainly true for Walter and Forest Fousel. This summer they embarked on quite an adventure - they crossed the country in a Model T. The trip is one that changed them both and gave them a few laughs along the way.

COOKING FOR BOY GEORGE

As a struggling artist in England in the late 1980s, Lisa Carter was always on the lookout for good part-time jobs. A friend called and said singer Boy George was looking for a personal chef. Lisa applied, and got the job, though she knew very little about cooking. Lisa talks to Dick about faking her way through macrobiotic cooking for the pop culture icon, and how that's led her to now being able to whip up delicious seaweed dishes for her vegan daughter.

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