October 7, 1992

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In the seven months since the release of a ground-breaking report charging that the nation's schools systematically shortchange girls academically and thwart their chances for well-paying careers, the philanthropic community has begun to ponder how the report's conclusions might affect the funding of new projects in education research and reform.
One aspect of the American Ass0- ciation of University Women's report on how schools educate girls that has elicited praise from the philanthropic community is its inclusion of research on girls who belong to ethnic and racial minority groups.
Two school programs in Los Angeles and Cambridge, Mass., are among the 10 winners in an annual program that recognizes innovative public-sector initiatives.
Despite strong opposition from major education groups, the New Hampshire state board of education has voted to eliminate a number of statewide minimum standards for schools.
My journey began last spring when I concluded that regardless of what happens at the national, state, or even district level with school reform, the best place to begin to try and make changes was in my own children's elementary school. Talk of national standards, schools of choice, setting mastery goals for children, magnet schools, new assessment methods--all these things sounded wonderful. But until our particular school examined and changed its goals and methods, what difference would any of it make?
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