September 23, 1992

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Nearly two-thirds of elementary school teachers responding to a recent national survey believe that more of their students have health problems today than in the past, according to a report released here last week by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National PTA.
Despite a recent defeat in state court, a group of 35 low-wealth school districts in New Hampshire is planning to continue its challenge to the state's school-finance system.
The testing explosion of the past two decades has not produced the school improvement its proponents promised. The only clear result is that U.S. students are now the most heavily tested in the world. More than 100 million standardized tests are now administered in our classrooms each year
Charter schools, currently being sold by some as the cure-all for an education system they think is sorely in need of reform, may turn out to be the biggest boondoggle since New Coke.
"For more than a hundred years much complaint has been made of the unmethodical way in which schools are conducted, but it is only within the last 30 that any serious attempt has been made to find a remedy for this state of things. And with what results? Schools remain exactly as they were.''
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