May 22, 1996

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By 7 a.m., senior David Cone's day at Evergreen High School is already under way.
Hoping to form a whole greater than the sum of its parts, nearly two dozen foundations have launched the Boston Funders Group, an alliance of grantmakers interested in public education.
Block scheduling is a hot topic in school reform these days, with a growing number of high schools replacing the traditional setup of six or seven 45-minute classes a day with fewer classes that last longer.
New Hampshire lawmakers' attempt to accept $9 million in Goals 2000 money was quickly thwarted last week when Gov. Stephen Merrill vetoed the bill, reiterating his opposition to the federal school-improvement program.
To resuscitate our moribund public education system, IBM and the Clinton administration want to computerize our low-tech schools so as to prepare our children for life in the high-tech fast lane. President Clinton has proposed a $2 billion program to link all American classrooms to the Internet. Louis V. Gerstner Jr., the chief executive officer of the International Business Machines Corp., wants to digitize every kid's portfolio of art, music, writing, mathematics, and science.
Though smaller in population than New York City and Los Angeles, Chicago is second to none in convention attendance, currency trading, and educational corruption. After voter outrage in 1988 over a 19-day teachers' strike, the Illinois legislature made provision for 550 local school councils. Six parents, two community residents, and two teachers--all elected by peers--were to appoint a principal, remove poorly performing teachers, and make plans to improve learning substantially within five years.
The menu in a Utah school cafeteria lists tabouli and burritos among its lunch offerings. The members of a metropolitan Boston high school soccer team speak nine different languages. Students from a rural school in Vermont, many of whom have never been out of the state, take spring break in Belize to study the rain forest. Kids in a Mississippi elementary school bring up spectacular photos of the Pleiades from an observatory in New Zealand on their computer and e-mail their friends in Russia to do the same.
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