INDIAN HILL, OHIO: THE NEW MATH

TO EQUALIZE SPENDING AMONG RICH AND POOR SCHOOLS, OHIO MAY--GASP!--RAISE TAXES

To see how brightly fortune smiles on Indian Hill High School, visit the "suite" where three counselors help steer almost all of the 150 seniors to college, or watch a practicing pathologist teach college-level biology, or witness students pull their homework off the mainframe serving the building's 300 computers. "It's a joy to teach here," says principal Laura Abegglen. "You don't ask teachers to pull magic out of thin air."

But more than 100 miles and 100 years back down the road, that's exactly what they do. At Vinton County High School, textbooks are 25 years old and in such short...

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