To Our Readers: May 16, 1994

Lisa Valk Long, Time's president, graduated from high school back in 1968. So when she returned to spend a day at a New York City school last week, she was not surprised to find that things had changed a bit. What struck her first was the technology. Each student now has a computerized attendance card. Staff members communicate in the hallways via walkie-talkie. More important, she had some misconceptions challenged. "I was really impressed with how articulate the kids were," she says. "Their reading skills seemed very good. I hate to admit that I might have underestimated New York's public schools."

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