2/21/2002

Carl A. Cohn, superintendent of Long Beach Unified School District, says poverty is no excuse for students' poor performance. Cohn offers pointers on effective teaching methods for so-called problem students, including presenting a united front, making a safe environment and bucking the opposition. His district is one of the most diverse in the country; more than a third of its 97,000 students are English-language learners.

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