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The philanthropist Walter H. Annenberg will award a $50 million challenge grant to support broad school-reform efforts in Chicago and $6.5 million for a reform initiative in rural areas in Minnesota and several neighboring states.
The first Teach for America "alumni summit" was part reunion, part teach-in, and part serve-a-thon. And Wendy Kopp, the group's founder, hoped it was all inspiration.
Idaho's new state schools superintendent has begun her first year in office with a bang.
Gov. Zell Miller of Georgia has vowed to make education reform the chief priority of his administration for the next four years. He proposed a big boost in teacher salaries, universal preschool for 4-year-olds, and requiring schools to issue a "warranty" on their graduates.
The folks gathered inside the Austin Convention Center one Friday morning last month seemed pretty ordinary. They were black, white, Hispanic. Young and old. Some came in jeans and cowboy boots, others in business suits. They could have been there for anything from a tractor-pull to a pops concert.
The Italian intellectual Antonio Gramsci (a writer not much cited these days) developed a theory of what he called "organic intellectuals" that has become a vital part of wider efforts to understand how modern societies work and how their working might be improved. I think teacher. are our organic intellectuals, organic because they are part of their communities, and intellectuals because of their vocational commitment to ideas and knowledge.
Most of my colleagues and I work in some sector of educational research. We research-ers deal with data. We try to be disinterested with regard to what the data say, letting them guide us wherever possible.
Is education one of President Clinton's (few) success stories, as Administration boosters claim? Or is it another example of what the voters rejected in November?
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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