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IBM REINVENTING EDUCATION: Research Summary and Perspective Introduction
People all over the world are obsessed with improving public education. During the last US election, Americans split historically over who would be the next president. But they were passionately united on the highest priority of the new administration: Fix education. In poll after poll, people listed poor student performance as the nation's greatest liability and its most critical need. Despite years of debate and scrutiny, worldwide comparisons like the Third International Mathematics and Science Study revealed the true extent of failing schools in the US. And while fixing public education tops our national agenda and many public and private institutions have
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Equally important ... significant reforms are likely to endure only if the current system is changed in fundamental ways." Fully aware that a sound public educational system is critical to the current and future success of the nation, some funders have embraced the daunting challenge of school reform - but only with mixed results. Other major funders have abandoned the challenge entirely. It is against this backdrop that the IBM Corporation launched its Reinventing Education program.

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IBM's Reinventing Education Program
In 1994, IBM dramatically changed traditional corporate philanthropy by announcing it would invest the lion's share of its charitable dollars in a unique grant program called Reinventing Education. Today, the IBM initiative is a sweeping $45 million education reform program involving 21 school districts and states throughout the US, and eight international sites. It includes thousands of teachers and millions of students with documented success in both urban and rural areas. At the heart of the program is the belief that business can and must contribute to profound and far-reaching changes in education, and that technology - which revolutionized business and industry - could have the same dramatic impact in public education by providing new tools for better teaching and higher student achievement. In 1998, the Center for Children and Technology (CCT) at the Education

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