AS PART of his "America 2000" plan for improving the nation's education system, President Bush proposed a privately funded corporation to help create a "new generation" of schools. That's a worthy idea -- as long as it does not thwart existing experimental efforts to improve schools.
Bush has named an 18-member board composed of prominent business, education and political leaders. They hope to raise $200 million in corporate donations for research and development to create 535 new schools by 1996.
Since education is largely a state and local responsibility, it's entirely appropriate for Washington to encourage research and experimentation. Indeed, the Department of Education already invests nearly $230 million in education research and development. More support for innovative reform is surely needed. But at what cost?