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Class Struggle: March 15, 2009 - March 21, 2009

Boosting Schools Without Spending a Dime -- Your Ideas

My suggestions last month [Metro Monday column, Feb. 16] for raising achievement in budget-cutting times inspired an outpouring of reader ideas. Some were interesting, such as tougher honor rolls, more reading clubs and more speaking practice. Some were wild, such...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 20, 2009; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Extra Credit: Damaging Changes in Kindergarten?

Dear Extra Credit: We have two sets of twins who are in fourth grade and kindergarten at a well-regarded public school in Bowie. The difference I see in the four years since my older children were in kindergarten is astounding....

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 19, 2009; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Extra Credit  
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Turmoil at Two KIPP Schools

My new book about the Knowledge Is Power Program, “Word Hard. Be Nice,” details the conflict, misunderstanding, heartbreak and chaos that accompanied the founding and growth of what has turned to be, in my view, the most educationally successful group...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 18, 2009; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Trends  
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On the Web: Response to the Economic Stimulus, AP, More

Jay's work often spurs comment and discussion not only on this site, but elsewhere. Here's a look at some recent comment, response and more from around the Web. From BoardBuzz: BoardBuzz caught our friend Jay Matthews’ column in yesterday’s Washington...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 18, 2009; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  
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How Hard Should We Try to Get Low-Income Students Into College?

In his Admissions 101 discussion group, Jay asks readers: One of my recent columns in the Post is about efforts by some colleges to admit low-income students in groups of friends and high school classmates, so they can support each...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 17, 2009; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Admissions 101  
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One Principal Knows What to Do With Stimulus Money. Do Others?

I doubt we will get much school improvement out of the roughly $100 billion in stimulus funds the Obama administration is about to spend on education. The windfall will save the jobs of many hardworking educators, which is good, but...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  March 16, 2009; 7:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Metro Monday  
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