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Class Struggle: March 29, 2009 - April 4, 2009

Jay's Take: Two Strong Choices to Lead Local Schools

I consider myself a school and classroom reporter, so I try to stay away from superintendents. It’s not that they aren’t good people. Most are caring and conscientious. But their lives are full of things I hate that don’t have...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 3, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Voucher Parents vs. Me

My March 23 column on the D.C. voucher program was not popular with parents of students in that program. I suggested the program enroll no more new students for the tax-funded scholarships to private schools. Instead, I said, let the...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 3, 2009; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Extra Credit: Issues With Block Scheduling?

Dear Extra Credit: For the past two years, my son attended Herndon High School part time for advanced math classes, and we found the ABABA BABAB schedule confusing. We had to frequently check the master schedule, as a given day...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 2, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Extra Credit: Judging Teacher Performance

Dear Extra Credit: After reading the comments made by Barbara Bancroft Stein ["Are Older Teachers Too Jaded to Be Effective?" Feb. 19], I was uplifted. Finally, someone who actually gets it. Her words rung with the resonance of truth that...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 2, 2009; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Extra Credit: Perplexing Test Scores

Dear Extra Credit: We recently received the results of the Degrees of Reading Power test for our sixth-grader, and I am perplexed by the letter from Arlington public schools that accompanied the test results, just as I was when our...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 2, 2009; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Admissions 101: Attention, Top U.S. High Schools

In his Admissions 101 discussion group, Jay asks: This year I have resumed my role -- previously ceded to researchers half my age -- as principal data collector for Newsweek's annual Top High Schools list. I said on the forms...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 2, 2009; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Admissions 101  
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Jay on the Web: Readers on KIPP, Vouchers and Parental Involvement

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 Schools Matter: Mathews's convenient untruth would have the entire KIPP Fresno...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 1, 2009; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Some Happy D.C. 8th-Graders Moving Up Without Moving On

Christian Carter's conversation with his mother began last fall just before dinner. The eighth-grader said he didn't like any of next year's D.C. high school choices. The places were too scary or too disorganized, he said. He wanted to stay...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 30, 2009; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Metro Monday  
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