June 25, 1997

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Vol. 16, Issue 39
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Six states and the District of Columbia passed legislation last year allowing charter schools within their borders for the first time. As of late last week, this year's new additions stood at two: Mississippi and Pennsylvania.
Students, teachers, and parents are most satisfied with charter schools performance on educational matters, but less happy when it comes to transportation, sports, and the school building itself, according to a report scheduled for release this week.
It is said that hope is the memory of the future. But this month's self-congratulations over America's long-ago generosity in bailing out war-torn Europe and over federal budget negotiators' success in balancing the national checkbook show just how far we have allowed the country's hopes to fade for its urban schoolchildren, who in a very real sense are America's future.
A recent issue of this publication had a page-one story headlined "Teachers Need Nuts, Bolts of Reforms, Experts Say." (See Education Week, April 30, 1997.) The article quotes a teacher: "There is no model for me to make a prediction about.
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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