WASHINGTON — President Reagan said Wednesday that inner-city schools can beat the odds and become academic showplaces by sticking to the basics, instilling patriotic values and refusing to "use poverty as an excuse for failure."
Reagan unveiled a government handbook that profiles nearly two dozen schools and projects that have won academic laurels in the depressed surroundings usually synonymous with failure and fractured lives.
"These schools and programs may seem miraculous, but their accomplishments are no mystery," the President told 100 educators at the White House. "They can be duplicated all over again, all around America, and they should be."
The how-to booklet, "Schools That Work: Educating Disadvantaged Children," is the third in a series of school improvement guides.