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There is much talk these days of the need for "bold leadership" and "fundamental change" in public education. But there is little indication of the direction in which bold leadership should lead, or what kind of fundamental change is needed.

The only proposals for fundamental change getting much public attention are those for vouchers and parental choice. Shifting to a system of parental choice would indeed represent a fundamental change--so fundamental that many people fear it would destroy public education. But if vouchers are the only alternative available, they may well win the day. Those who want to preserve public education cannot fight something with nothing. They must realize that public education in its present form cannot meet the educational needs of today's society, and must be restructured if it is going to survive.

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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