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The fall issue of Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is devoted to an examination of the lingering "separate and unequal" nature of the American educational system. Twenty-four policymakers, teachers, administrators, and scholars in education contribute to the special issue.

Not only does inequality exist in the physical sense, as in separation of rich and poor, black and white, contributors indicate, but also in less tangible forms. They point to the different perceptions parents and educators have about schools and reform efforts.

Massachusetts principal John D'Auria calls the latter "a major fault line in our country's educational foundation," and notes that "arriving at mutually agreeable educational goals requires a coordination between home and school that currently is not happening."

Others contributing to "American Education: Still Separate, Still Unequal" include Madeleine M. Kunin, deputy U.S. secretary of education; Paul Schwarz, co-director of the Central Park East Secondary School in New York City; Jeff Howard, president of the Efficacy Institute in Lexington, Mass.; and Theodore Sizer, chairman of the Coalition of Essential Schools.

To order, send $10.95 per copy to: Daedalus Press Office, 136 Irving St., Cambridge, Mass. 02138.

A new literary journal promises to publish the best of American writing that has been influenced by other cultures.

The premier issue of Forkroads: A Journal of Ethnic American Literature includes fiction, memoirs, poetry, and letters by writers who reflect on the experiences of trying to fuse their ethnic heritages into an American identity.

The quarterly journal also includes interviews with writers, book reviews, and essays about writing and storytelling.

Forkroads would be an excellent teaching tool for middle and high school writing, literature, and social-studies classes, said editor David Kherdian.

Yearly subscriptions are $20. More information is available from Forkroads, Box 150, Spencertown, N.Y. 12165; (518) 392-9607.

Young children can now learn to read with help from educators in Maine.

Each of the 30 books in a set titled "Little Books for Early Readers" was written by a Maine teacher and tested by 4- to 6-year-old students. Illustrated with black-and-white photos of young children, the books emphasize key words, sentence structure, and simple story lines to encourage independent reading.

The set of books costs $39.50. All proceeds will go to an endowment for encouraging early-literacy initiatives in Maine schools.

For more information, write the Center for Early Literacy, College of Education, University of Maine, 5766 Shibles Hall, Orono, Mainespell out in AP style 04469-5766.

This month, Time magazine will begin publishing a weekly news magazine for students in grades 4-6.

Time for Kids will not contain advertisements, and each issue will have a teacher's guide. A charter subscription costs $2.95 per student. For more information, call (800) 777-8600.

--Megan Drennan

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