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Failure to do homework leads students to fail classes, flunk grades, and ultimately to drop out of school. I would like to propose a simple solution to the homework problem.
A startling indictment of American democracy appeared recently in the pages of nearly every newspaper in the country, only to disappear shortly thereafter in a media maelstrom surrounding Monica Lewinsky.
President Clinton has the right idea. Among his budgetary proposals for bolstering elementary and secondary education are several measures that would address some of the most pressing needs of students from economically deprived backgrounds.
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