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Class Struggle: March 22, 2009 - March 28, 2009

Grabbing Dropouts Early

I am an optimist, maybe too much of one. I believe, for instance, that our school dropout problem in many instances takes care of itself. Often teenagers leave school because they just cannot bear sitting in class. Eventually they mature,...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 27, 2009; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Extra Credit: Students Speak Out on AP and the Challenge Index

Dear Extra Credit Readers: Advanced Placement English teacher Allison Beers asked her 11th-grade students at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Prince George's County to critique my annual rankings, in The Washington Post and Newsweek, of public high schools. I use...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 26, 2009; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Extra Credit  
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On the Web: Readers on KIPP, Charter Schools

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 Advocating on Madison Public Schools: It is no secret that Mathews...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 25, 2009; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  
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Admissions 101: Professors Reviewing Professors

In his Admissions 101 discussion group, Jay asks readers: Many of our brightest students, once they have been admitted to a top-flight college, consider a life of research and teaching. Most of their role models for those four years are...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 24, 2009; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Admissions 101  
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Saying 'When' On D.C. School Voucher Program

I'm not trying to be a hypocrite. I have supported D.C. school vouchers. The program has used tax dollars well in transferring impoverished students to private schools with higher standards than D.C. public schools. But it has reached a dead...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 23, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Metro Monday  
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