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Document Number: 5652

Our Schools and Our Futures: Are We Still At Risk? - The landmark 1983 report, A Nation at Risk, identified glaring deficiencies in the nationís education system and issued recommendations to improve schools. This brief examines what progress has been made in the 20 years since the release of the original report, concluding that the Excellence Committee failed to effect lasting change in large part because it underestimated the resistance to change in entrenched groups in the K-12 public education system and the nationís colleges of education. The report contains recommendations for school reform based on the principles of accountability, choice and transparency. The full report can be purchased through the Hoover Institution. (Education Next, 2003)...

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