Education: Hope Stirs in the Ghetto

Improving big-city high schools get Ford Foundation awards

Of all the problems that beset the nation's educational system, one of the most intractable has been the plight of the inner-city high school. Crippled by crime, underfunding and racial strife, the schools have been unable to motivate students who play hooky and mark time. Academic performance has been abysmal. But now there are signs that some ghetto high schools, despite their appalling problems, are making substantial progress. Last week the Ford Foundation singled out 92 schools in 20 large cities for praise and gifts of $1,000 each, which were far more important for...

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