December 6, 1995

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The Lilly Endowment, the nation's seventh-largest foundation, may be backing away from its decade-long commitment to national K-12 school reform.
"Max, did you have a snow cone for breakfast?" The sheepish grin to the sleepy-eyed 8-year-old's face. His plaid shirt and tousled hair bring visions of Tom Sawyer to mind. His tongue and mouth are bright blue. Snow cones for breakfast. Cotton candy for lunch. It's just another day at the One-Ring Schoolhouse.
The Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development released this fall a 10-year study of adolescent development in America which reveals that the awkward age is indeed getting more awkward. (See Education Week, Oct. 18, 1995.)
Everybody is trying to "save" public education these days. Voucher and privatization supporters say that their approach will do it. The public education establishment is trying to save schools by saying that nothing's wrong, it's a manufactured crisis that can be solved by public relations. Many reformers are urging a "do your own thing" approach with charter schools, while others push "innovations" like de-tracking, interdisciplinary studies, restructured schools, and so forth.
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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