What is Philip's dad's greatest regret?
Having to drop out of college and, thus, wasn't able to run track in college
If "any controversial issues spring up" in the Harrison school district, why does Superintendent Seymour want to "be informed" immediately?
So if "hot words" or negative publicity gets in the community or in the news that makes him look bad, he could think of ways to spin it or cover it up, so that he doesn't possibly lose his high-paying job.
Why does Miss Narwin want to take a $2,000 summer course?
She feels "out of touch" with her (much) younger students and wants to learn new teaching strategies. This proves she is fully dedicated to her students, even Philip.
What is Superintendent Albert Seymour concerned about this school year?
The passing of his second budget (crisis) and also new candidates are running for the school board (who may not re-elect him) -- both may result in teachers losing their jobs
What reasons does Principal Doane give Nariwn for not allowing her the $2,000, which enrages Narwin?
The last of the funds went to Kimberly Howard, the music teacher
Which character is the voice of truth and reason and gives Philip practical advice about Miss Narwin's class?
Earl Johnson, the track coach, who tells him, "sometimes you have to go along to get along"
Whom does Philip blame for his below-average grade in English?
Miss Nariwn. Philip tells his dad, "Nobody likes her. People don't do well in her classes. Except her favorites."
How does Philip plan to join the track team?
By annoying Miss Narwin so much that he (Philip) gets transferred to another English class
Why isn't Philip scared to listen to Miss Narwin and follow the school's rule's about "respectful, silent attention"?
Because Philip knows his dad will (dumbly) support him on anything, no questions asked
What exactly was Philip doing in Miss Narwin's homeroom to get sent out every time?
He was humming -- not singing -- the national anthem. We know this because he keeps pausing (. . .) when he's asked about it.
What reason does Philip give Assistant Principal Palleni for "singing . . . humming" the national anthem?
Philip says that it is a "patriotic thing" with him (because his father game him this false reason).
What incredible compliment does Principal Doane -- one of Miss Narwin's former students -- give Miss Narwin in their private meeting?
She tells Narwin that Narwin is "thier best English teacher" and that Narwin "is already a "master teacher."