Public Schools: Model Use of Money

At 92, his blue eyes are a bit misty, but when the school board of Flint, Mich., considers its annual budget, Philanthropist Charles Stewart Mott focuses on the figures as critically as an IRS agent checking a casino tax return. "I'm a nut on this sort of thing," says Mott by way of explanation.

His nuttiness would be welcomed by any school board in the country. In the past 33 years, Mott has pumped $42 million into the public schools of Flint to keep them open evenings, weekends and summers for an improbable array of community activities....

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