Morgue. Lester and Bunk are asking the coroner whether there have been any floaters, decomps...anything they can possibly tie to Marlo. The answer, apparently, is no. Coroner: "You don't have enough to do?" The answer, apparently, is no.
Prez's classroom. Prez is walking his kids through a new incentive program he's ginned up: for completing classwork and homework, they'll get stickers, and each week the four students with the most stickers will each win a prize. Namond crabs that Prez keeps changing things up and confusing the kids. Prez says that he'll also be keeping track of poor behaviour, for which students will get sentenced to an hour's after-school detention; he writes Namond's name in a column on the board. Namond bitches that Prez is screwing him over before Namond even knew the new world order, and Prez concedes the point, erasing Namond's name and earning a smug grin for his reprieve. Zenobia Dawson (Taylor King) says that she wants to earn some stickers, and Prez tells her to do some classwork. She whines that she wants to, but she doesn't have any pencils, so Prez takes a little stub from behind his ear and gives it to her. Zenobia studies it contemptuously -- and, in fairness, the thing does look like he's chewed the eraser off -- and shoves all the books off her desk, yelping, "I don't want no damn welfare pencil!" The rest of the students crack up, and Prez sadly writes Zenobia's name in the detention column. Yeah, who wouldn't want to spend another hour with her? Suggestion: make the kids write lines. On their own time. Away from you.
Elsewhere at Tilghman, Bunny tells Mrs. Sampson and Parenti that it looks to him as though there are two kinds of students at Tilghman: stoop kids and corner kids. Stoop kids stay at the house, where their parents tell them, whereas corner kids...go down to the corner. Well, that stands to reason. Bunny suggests separating the stoop kids from the corner kids, and Parenti shuts him down: "That's tracking." He says that's a dirty word in educational circles, and Mrs. Sampson explains to Bunny that it suggests that you have reduced expectations for the underperforming kids. Bunny, smirking incredulously, asks if it's better to pretend that they're reaching all the kids, when in fact they're reaching none; he asks if it wouldn't be better to get the stoop kids into an environment where they could actually learn, since the corner kids are the ones Parenti's study is trying to reach anyway. Mrs. Sampson says that she's in favour of anything that makes it easier for her to do her job, and that every teacher at Tilghman would say the same. Parenti asks how they figure out which ones are the corner kids, and Mrs. Sampson snorts that it won't be a problem. It sure hasn't taken long for Parenti to defer to his wiser colleagues, so I guess he's not just book-smart after all.