Education: Learning to Live With Less

For Randy Roguski, 16, a senior at West High School in Rockford, Ill., summer vacation meant a chance to give campaigning a whirl. Not for Jerry or Jimmy but for himself and the 39,000 other students in his school district. What Randy was working for was an increase in the tax levy, which would have brought in $6 million more a year. He lost. In a heavy turnout, the voters rejected the measure 2 to 1. Even his parents were unpersuaded by his efforts. "They just believed the money was there," he explains. But...