Education: Why Schools Are Passing the Hat

Neighborhood fund raising keeps quality in the classroom

Florence Phillips, 46, is a professional Florence Phillips, 46, is a professional actress with a very special audience: the students in the Cos Cob School in Connecticut. As the school's artist-in-residence, she flies through fairy tales, acts out scenes from Shakespeare and introduces the youngsters to the poetry of Whitman, Shelley and Tennyson. From parents she gets a standing ovation. Last month the Cos Cob PTA held a fund-raising party with 1,000 guests paying $1 a head. Reason: the local school budget does not cover her...

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