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NEW COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION BOOK EXPLORES EDUCATIONAL INNOVATIONS

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten years ago, the release of "A Nation At Risk," a federal commission report on the quality of America's schools, highlighted the failings of the American education system.
 After 10 years of reform, many are asking whether the nation's students and schools are faring any better.
 A thorough analysis of the education reforms and innovations tried during the past decade is offered in "Educational Innovation: An Agenda to Frame the Future," a just-released book by The Commonwealth Foundation, of Harrisburg, and the University Press of America.
 The book's editor, Dr. Charles E. Greenawalt II, senior policy associate at The Commonwealth Foundation, noted, "The `Nation at Risk' report sounded the alarm that our educational system was not performing as well as it should be to keep America's workers competitive in the world economy. Since that report was released, many state policy makers and educational leaders have tried to rectify the shortcomings of our schools and strengthen them for the future with new, innovative approaches to education. This book showcases some of the major ideas and innovations that have proven to be successful. The book especially highlights success stories in Pennsylvania and suggests how schools in our commonwealth can be improved."
 This landmark study contains the perspectives of 28 educational leaders including such national educational reformers as Bruce Cooper, Denis Doyle and E.D. Hirsch. Among the issues addressed are education and values, service-learning, core knowledge, assessment, school report cards, privatization, educational choice, home schooling, magnet and charter schools, certification reform, the problems of rural education, the essential schools movement, outcome based education, business support for education, the total quality movement in education, educational outreach programs, local reform strategies, and the unionization movement. The views of the teachers union and school board association are also presented.
 John Chubb, author of the celebrated "Politics, Markets, and America's Schools," describes the Foundation's new book as the "best collection of essays on educational innovation now available. Remarkably comprehensive, unusually thoughtful, and refreshingly readable, this volume provides a balanced guide to the ideas that are shaping the future of America's schools."
 The 520-page book is available for $29.50 by contacting The Commonwealth Foundation at 717-231-4850.
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 /CONTACT: Clifford Frick of The Commonwealth Foundation, 717-231-4850/


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