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When the billionaire philanthropist Walter H. Annenberg announced last December that he would contribute $500 million to public school reform, he stressed that his gift alone would not be enough.
Educators who have been rethinking college-admissions requirements delivered a progress report at the College Board's recent annual meeting here.
Civil-rights advocates say there is a "sea change" in enforcement aggressiveness from the Reagan and Bush administrations, which shied away from commitment and threats.
A federal appeals court has ruled that a scholarship program for black college students is unconstitutional because it was not "narrowly tailored" to redress past racial discrimination.
Older adults possess what many young people lack: history, patience, and a deep knowledge of the human struggle. At a time when flexibility and the ability to change are essential skills for entry into the economy, senior citizens can show the way. They were born, after all, before television, jet planes, and communications satellites. And in an age in which mobility, poverty, and other forces have severed family ties, older adults are a living link with the past.
American education is for sale. Last month, Hartford, Conn., became the first district in the nation to turn over control of its 32 public schools to a private corporation, Education Alternatives Inc. It is the most recent example of an alarming trend--the abdication of responsibility by boards of education to publicly traded, profit-making companies whose bottom line is not education but the strength of their financial performance for their stockholders.
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