April 10, 1996

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Even as the National Science Teachers Association recorded its highest-ever conference attendance here, officials already were looking to next year's meeting and beginning to worry about turnout.
Science teachers believe the voluntary national science standards will help improve the way they teach, a new survey shows.
Youth Service America has announced the 11 finalists in its second annual Fund for Social Entrepreneurs competition.
The budget for chart paper and markers had been used up entirely. The yarn had been tossed around and all the ice had been broken. Post-it notes adorned all walls, and members of every possible team had achieved true consensus and been included. Vision and mission posters hung in every room. High-priced consultants had visited and talked about the meaning of "real reform."
Saturday, March 9, 1996, was NetDay in California. And if you have only a vague notion of what that means, don't feel too bad about it. Like me, you are probably among those who are still tiptoeing uneasily into that brave new world where the boundaries are only defined by the technical limits of personal computers and their links to the Internet. To hear computer enthusiasts talk, that means it is a world with virtually no boundaries.
It seems clear that the choice train is on track and picking up policymakers around the country. The train is pulling vouchers, charter schools, and open enrollment onto the main line. Fueling this train are a combination of attractive philosophical arguments about parents' rights to choose their children's schools and claims that choice will spur innovation and increase the overall quality of education in America.
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