Elementary refuses to accept mediocrity

Posted: December 30, 2012 at 3:28 a.m.

Third-grade teacher Johnnie Brock checks the work of 8-year-old Bernice Antunez (center) and Trista Black, 9, during a recent Direct Instruction period at De Queen Elementary School.

De Queen Elementary School is on Treating Plant Road in southwest Arkansas’ timber and poultry-processing country — just a hop and a skip from the Oklahoma line.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 12/30/2012