Education: Squeezing the Schools

"Good morning, gentlemen. I'd like to get right to the point. The urban schools of this country are dying from financial strangulation." The speaker was Philadelphia's blunt superintendent of schools, Dr. Mark Shedd, and he was telling a Senate committee just what he saw as the nitty-gritty facts. His proposal: that the Federal Government nationalize the nation's 25 largest city systems, at a cost of $10 billion to $12 billion per year. Without "something more than pious pie-in-the-sky pronouncements," he said, "there won't be, in the words of one famous American, any urban public school systems left to kick around any...

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