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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 scandal swept under the rug as an example of disgruntled parents making overheated charges against a situation they don't understand. He ignores the fact that Fresno Unified's investigation of KIPP Fresno originated from a complaint by an official of the NAACP. He also ignores the fact that the catalog of abuses against children, as well as the other unethical and illegal actions at the school in regards to test security, copyright, teacher credentialing, and school funds, were documented by KIPP office staff, faculty, former administrators and, of course, parents who were often the victims, too, of the abuse.

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From Education Online Now:

Jay Mathews, of the Washington Post, who usually has some great insights into eduation policy has an interesting argument this week for focusing on kids, in order to bring parents along with education reform. He makes an argument, based upon his research into KIPP schools, that when schools keep their promises to students such as providing a safe environment in which they can learn and become productive members of society, parents will instinctively support what the schools are doing.

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From Flypaper:

That is, to get more engaged parents in tough neighborhoods, we need better schools. This is essentially the case made by Jay Mathews’ very good piece in today’s Washington Post. He argues that great school leaders (like KIPP’s Dave Levin and Susan Schaeffler) and teachers (like Jaime Escalante) get great results prior to vast expansions of parental involvement.

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From The Foundry:

But keen observers of American politics like Mr. Mathews should recognize that serious change takes time, especially when powerful interest groups are fighting to protect the status quo. Here in D.C., and in other cities, voucher programs are overwhelmingly popular. Just look at the long lines for scholarships whenever they are offered. In D.C., four children have applied for each available scholarship.

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By Washington Post Editors  | April 1, 2009; 11:39 AM ET
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