Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 25, 1988 · Page 13
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 13

Logansport, Indiana
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Friday, March 25, 1988
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Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Friday, March 25, 1988 Page 13 NEA Head Proposes 'Experimental 5 Schools WASHINGTON <AP) - The head of the nation's largest teachers' union said today each state should designate an .entire school district as a "living laboratory" for experiments in pursuit of higher education. National Education Association President Mary Hatwood Futrell said she will ask her state affiliates to work with governors, state legislators and state school officials to bring about such experiments on a broad scale. She proposed the reform idea, in which teachers, parents and others could "turn their school systems upside down or inside out" in pursuit of better education, in remarks prepared for release at a news conference. Each state should have at least one district operating "as an experimental, living laboratory for education reform," Futrell said. "In these 50 school districts, school employees, working through their local association, would join with school boards, parents, civic leaders and busi- "Those 50 local communities would be free to turn their school systems upside down or inside out." ness to develop, whatever innovative or creative program they deem appropriate to improve education," she said. "Those 50 local communities would be free to turn their school systems upside down or inside out, "she said. "They would be free to open their school doors to 4-year-olds, or end the arbitrary division of class periods into 50-minute chunks, or experiment with alternatives to student tracking," she said. Futrell said the idea must still be approved by delegates to the NEA's annual convention in New Orleans in July. It was not immediately clear just how far the NEA would be willing to go in bending union rules in any such experimental districts. The union has warred against most efforts to inject merit pay into teacher contracts. Futrell said bold action is needed to revive what she called lagging efforts to improve America's schools, "Five years after 'A Nation At Risk,' lack of funding is strangling education reform in state after state," she said, referring to the landmark report on the: state of education. She said Secretary of Educa-; tion William J. Bennett "wants America to believe that excellence costs nothing, that just talking about reform — and blaming people — will substitute for money. It won't." State and local governments have poured more money into public schools, she said, "but they can't do the job without help from the federal government." e savings ore about to end. Get the best quality for the lowest price before w FREE MOVIE CLUB MEMBERSHIP! diagonal REMOTE COLOR Richard Gephardt needs a win in Michigan primary Gephardt Needs Michigan FLINT, Mich. 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