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Strembitsky Takes on Biggest School System Overhaul Yet — In Vegas

A visionary teacher whose ideas transformed Edmonton Public Schools is gambling his internationally recognized methods will reverse the fortunes of Las Vegas schools.

In his 22 years as superintendent at Edmonton public, Michael Strembitsky unveiled many big ideas that still influence how and where 92,000 students learn. He punched holes in attendance boundaries, insisting schools develop programs that make themselves attractive — a movement he says prevented the demand for more private schools in the city. He introduced staff, student and parent surveys; began routine achievement testing; added the International Baccalaureate program in high school; and worked with the school board to bring police officers into schools.