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Education-reform ideas favored by government and business leaders are badly out of sync with the general public's top concerns--safe and orderly schools and a return to the basics, a survey by the Public Agenda Foundation suggests.
The philanthropist Walter H. Annenberg's foundation will award a $25 million challenge grant to support the creation of 50 new, small schools in New York City and will contribute an equal amount to support other education-reform initiatives in the city.
Corporate giving to education failed to keep pace with inflation in 1993, but preliminary estimates suggest modest growth for this year, a Council for Aid to Education report shows.
As I began drafting this Commentary, posted on the bulletin board near my computer was a list of questions I'd been invited to address when I spoke to a group of concerned parents from a local school district.
At an annual conference of foreign-language teachers not long ago, a fellow high school teacher remarked to me that "high schools are often sad places."
Harriet's faith in men and in public schools spiraled downward at the same precipitous rate. In conversations with us, she remembered a father "not as reliable as he should have been" and disclosed that the fathers of her own children are no longer in the picture.
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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