Class Act: A Reporter Turns Principal

It was much like any other school day at Chicago's Rudyard Kipling Elementary. A jumble of blue-and-white-uniformed students playfully pushed and shoved outside their single-story schoolhouse as they waited for the 9 a.m. bell. Except this day, the 350 kids had a new acting principal--me. What, I asked, could I do to make their day more enjoyable? Giggling and crawling over my back as I hunched down, they volunteered: pizza, no homework, a visit from Michael Jordan.

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