Eugene ending small high school experiment

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Associated Press

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 7:02 PM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — 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 (http://bit.ly/13tDAuu) 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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