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When John G. Merrow, producer and co-host of "Options in Education" on National Public Radio (NPR), wanted to illustrate the ease with which minors can obtain alcohol, he drove two 16-year-olds to liquor stores in Greenwich and Stamford, Conn., areas that had recently been the scene of serious automobile accidents involving minors who had been drinking.
We would be in a very different debate if someone would come forward and say that American public schools have served their purpose, that they are no longer any good, that because of all their faults it is really time that they be abandoned, and that there is a strategy for bringing about that abandonment.
By our cultural heritage we are led to believe that the performance of students can be improved by providing more resources to the schools. This would allow schools to provide more individualized instruction, to hire more qualified teachers, and to expand program offerings.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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