Public education's role in a democratic society--and what it takes to be a successful school leader--were the main themes of the American Association of School Administrators' 136th Annual Conference and Exposition, held Feb. 19-23 in San Francisco.

Keynote speeches explored the role of the public school in America and the qualities needed for successful school governance in the 21st century. Participants agreed a chief concern was bridging the achievement gap between poor and minority students and their more affluent peers--a challenge many exhibiting companies aimed to address with software intended to identify struggling students and

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