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EDUCATION ALTERNATIVES ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC RESULTS FOR THE TESSERACT STUDENTS WHO ATTEND BALTIMORE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS MANAGED BY THE COMPANY

 MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Education Alternatives, Inc. (NASDAQ: EAIN) today announced academic results for the approximately 4,800 Tesseract(R) students who attend nine Baltimore City Public Schools managed by the company. The company's Tesseract system of technology, including the SuccessMaker Program developed by Computer Curriculum Corporation (CCC), was installed at the managed Baltimore City Schools in February 1993. Based upon the analysis performed by CCC of all 4,800 students during the months of March, April and May, the average gain per student on the SuccessMaker Program was .88 grade levels compared to CCC's benchmark of .30 grade levels for comparable three-month start-up periods. Ronald Fortune, president of CCC, stated that "we are very pleased that the students in the Tesseract program did so well in such a short time." Because the complete Tesseract system was in place at the managed Baltimore City Schools only for the final portion of the school year, standardized test results for the current year will likely not reflect similar gains.
 In addition to the good academic progress, a recent survey of the entire professional staff within all nine Tesseract schools included the following summary: "Most feel they are part of an important educational experience and have changed their role or teaching style to meet the needs of the Tesseract program. Eight-eighty percent of the teachers responded favorably when asked if they like teaching at a Tesseract school. In particular, the findings suggest that they are moving from a teacher-centered to a learner-centered role. They lecture less, give more individual instruction, try to be more accepting of children, allow more participation of students, and try to play the role of the facilitator."
 Dr. Walter Amprey, superintendent of Baltimore City Public Schools, was encouraged by the recent results. "This is one more piece of evidence that the Tesseract philosophy is serving our children well. It just reflects common sense that when you change the delivery system to a child-centered system, add state-of-the-art technology, continuously train the professional staff, and allow more responsibility and authority at the school level, the learning of students is bound to improve, and the staff is going to like working in that environment. I look forward to these current results translating into improved test scores in the next few years."
 John T. Golle, chairman and CEO of EAI said, "We are pleased with the first year's transitional results, and we are most excited about what is in store for our Tesseract kids this coming year. Truly, we are proving that all children are capable of learning at an equal level if given an equal chance."
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 /CONTACT: John T. Golle, chairman and CEO of Education Alternatives, 612-832-0092; or Ron Fortune, president of Computer Curriculum, 800-227-8324/
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