Published Online: April 23, 1997

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This is the eighth in an occasional series that will explore efforts to reconnect the American public with its schools.

The series so far:

Divided We Stand: What has come between the public and its schools? Nov. 6, 1996.

Going Public: In the Edmonds, Wash., schools, engaging the public has become an integral part of doing business. Nov. 20, 1996.

Survey Says: Polls, surveys, and focus groups are becoming popular policy tools. Dec. 11, 1996.

Philadelphia Story: Philadelphia Superintendent David W. Hornbeck's ambitious school-reform agenda offers a test case for public engagement. Feb. 19, 1997.

Common Ground: In Ohio, where the public and state and local governments are often at odds over schools, a broad coalition is seeking to call a truce. March 12, 1997.

Educated Consumers: Meet some parents with an attitude. They want solid information about their schools and they're not shy about asking for it.March 26, 1997.

Meet the Press: The public journalism movement seeks new ways of solving community problems, including those in schools.April 9, 1997.

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