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Most middle-level schools must dramatically change their structure and curriculum if they are to meet the needs of young adolescents, says a report released here last week by the National Middle School Association.
Sixteen New York City-based foundations and an anonymous donor will jointly underwrite a $2 million to $3 million project to encourage public understanding and support for school-reform efforts in that city.
The Pew Charitable Trusts awarded an $8.8 million grant last week to support the Philadelphia public schools and $1 million for a campaign to build public support in the city for school reform.
The RAND Corp. this week will consider a proposal to absorb many of the functions of the Council for Aid to Education.
As faddish as it has become, the notion of "education for the workplace" is neither a new nor, as presently articulated, a particularly democratic idea. When, in 1749, Benjamin Franklin wrote On the Need for an Academy, he envisioned two fundamental goals for Colonial education.
It's midafternoon and sunlight is flashing on the water hazard of the 17th hole. The past two Saturdays I have tried to drive over it and onto the green, but each time the ball fell just short of the far bank and into the water. This time I make the decision to try to slice around it. My shot is good for me (120 yards, landing to the left of the water). With a chip, I'm left with a 12-foot putt to sink.
America's schools are caught between a rock and a hard place. The rock is that they are being asked to deliver more teaching and learning than ever. The quality of American schools has not been declining; students today are pursuing more-rigorous curricula and scoring higher on standardized tests.
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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