Implored by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and others to redesign America's high schools to meet the challenges of the new century, governors and policy makers from nearly every state in the nation met Feb. 26 to March 1 to hash out a plan to keep America's high school students from falling behind their counterparts in other industrialized nations, among other goals.

Better use of student data and more creative approaches to teaching and learning--including the judicious use of technology--were among the focal points as governors from more than 45 states and territories convened in Washington, D.C.

The four-day governors' meeting


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