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Madeline Cartwright Discusses Her Career as a Principal.

Elementary school principal Madeline Cartwright took over the run-down Blaine Elementary School in a run-down, drug-infested neighborhood in North Philadelphia and turned it into a school that works. One of her first acts when she took over the school was to get down on her hands and knees and scrub the foul-smelling children's bathroom. Cartwright got parents involved in the school, made it a safe place for the children to learn, brought up test scores and attendance, and became the subject of a a 1990 New York Times Magazine cover story: "Hope in Hell's Classroom." Now she's written her own story of Blaine Elementary School: "For the Children: Lessons from a Visionary Principal." (Doubleday).


Other segments from the episode on September 7, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, September 7, 1993: Interview with Madeline Cartwright; Interview with Leslea Newman and Michael Willhoite; Review of William Gibson's novel "Virtual Light."


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