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--K-12 WHY JANIE CAN'T WALK TO SCHOOL

A big new school on sprawling suburban acreage that's wired for online learning might seem more conducive to education than a century-old institution. But in a new report, the National Trust for Historic Preservation argues that older schools, if renovated and upgraded, can be just as vital. The trust is interested in the preservation of the buildings as historic landmarks, but its report also argues that the decline of small, neighborhood schools has impaired our sense of community and led to large, impersonal campuses far from home. That's why most kids today can't walk...

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