May 8, 1996

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Students are taking more math and science courses, and they're scoring higher on national tests in those subjects, a new overview of math and science education says.
Judge George Manias hit the road last week, visiting a dozen New Hampshire schools before he stops to hear the latest round of a school-finance lawsuit.
It's been just over two years since The Public Strategies Group became the first private company to assume leadership of an entire public school system, the Minneapolis public schools. Some days, it feels like it's been a lot longer than that. But I have an important marker to help me keep time--my daughter. Just as we began the work of reforming the Minneapolis district, I went home on maternity leave. During those first months, I kept up with our efforts, all the while doing radio talk shows across the nation about our one-of-a-kind arrangement with Minneapolis. Admittedly, it was pretty strange to answer questions like "What values will you be imparting to our students?" for cellular-phone callers in Memphis.
Almost everyone in the United States seems to have an opinion about schools. And well they should, because almost everyone has spent a lot of time in schools. Fair enough: Americans are certainly entitled to their opinions.
The answer to the question in the title is either "not very much" or "not enough," depending on one's politics, Only a cockeyed optimist would assert that all is well with special education today, more than 20 years after we made a national commitment to educating children with disabilities.
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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