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Lesson Unplanned

West High School's Alan Chimento is sent to the principal's office.

During class, one sophomore theorizes that Denver reading scores land in the basement because "it's hard for kids when your mom doesn't care and your dad works all the time." Another says that her mother, a West grad, actually turns to her kids when she needs help with a word or a math problem. One sophomore blames the way kids are shuttled from school to school. "Between second and eighth grade, I went to seven different schools," she says.

"You're going to have to stop moving around," Chimento tells her with a grin, "because we need you here.

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