Education: Choice in Quincy

The sleepy Mississippi River town of Quincy, Ill. (pop. 45,288) is an unlikely place for an educational mecca. Yet school administrators from as far away as Berkeley, Calif, Los Angeles, Boston and New York frequently tour the city's sprawling Senior High School II. For the past few years the school has been the site of conferences on educational alternatives that have been attended by 2,000 delegates from all over the country. What attracts the educators is Quincy's Education by Choice program, in which the high school is divided into seven separate subschools, each with different courses and styles of teaching. Quincy's...

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