The new school's hallways were empty, save for a quiet custodian wiping tiny black scuff marks from the floor. There were no lockers slamming, no high-pitched giggles, no groups of students shuffling from class to class. Not even a child making a dash to the restroom.

Come to think of it, there were no restrooms.

This is Pembroke Pines, Fla., charter elementary school, one of a new breed of schools designed with a particular interest in

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