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Class Struggle: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

Jay on the Web: Middle Class Children in KIPP

It has been a while since I had a guest columnist in this space. I have never before turned the blog over to one younger than my own children. So let me introduce Catharine Bellinger, a Princeton sophomore who...

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 10, 2009; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: Catharine Bellinger, KIPP  
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Jay on the Web: What's the Best Model for School Reform?

Dwayne Betts, a D.C. school teacher, has an interesting and thoughtful post on school reform on Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog over at The Atlantic. Betts has a small quibble with Jay Mathews, who profiled the Knowledge Is Power Program of charter...

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 8, 2009; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: KIPP, The Atlantic  
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Admissions 101: Are Low Grades in AP/IB Classes Better than High Grades in Regular Classes?

A few weeks ago, Jay Mathews asked readers a tough question in his Admissions 101 - which is better: an A or B in a regular course or a C in a more challenging course like an AP or IB class? Jay sided with AP, saying that all students interested in tier 1 or tier 2 schools should take at least 2 AP or IB courses. Even if that means a C on a high school transcript, Jay argued, colleges will appreciate a student who is willing to take on a challenge. Reader reactions have been pouring in ever since:

By Sarah Mimms  |  July 7, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Admissions 101  | Tags: AP Advanced Placement International Baccalaureate IB, Admissions 101, Jay Mathews  
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New School Board Member Has Influenced a Legion of Educators

When I first met him a dozen years ago, Mike Durso struck me as an okay principal. He didn't say much about himself, but his school, Springbrook High in Silver Spring, was well-run. The students liked him. He had been...

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 6, 2009; 1:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags: Mike Durso, Springbrook High School, principals  
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