Public Schools: Equalizing Opportunity

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The American tradition in education is local support for local schools. According to former Harvard President James Bryant Conant, the emphasis on community responsibility for the financing of public schools has created an "inequality of opportunity" that can only be resolved by shifting the burden to the states and, to a lesser extent, the Federal Government.

In a new book called The Comprehensive High School (McGraw-Hill; $3.95) Conant points out that some states have already assumed a big share of the financial burden. Nonetheless, he adds, "there are gross inequalities within a state as well as between states." Some school...

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