January 19, 1994

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Gov. Steven Merrill of New Hampshire last week presented an impassioned argument for why the Granite State should not enact a broad-based tax to finance education--despite pressure from the courts.
Five months ago, the public schools opened for a new year. Then, as with every school-year opening, there was widespread optimism that this would be a better year than in the past for nearly 43 million children.
The 90's version of school reform has its own special flavor, one which even a cynic would need to acknowledge. What makes this reform effort special is its emphasis on relationships, its attempt to find new ways to build a sense of community and to restructure schools in order to create more humane environments.
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