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Class Struggle: September 13, 2009 - September 19, 2009

Fixing the Teacher Certification Mess

I have no doubt our system for certifying teachers is broken. On Aug. 24, I wrote about a first-rate Prince George’s County teacher who was nearly fired because of official confusion over his certification credits. These are courses he must...

By Washington Post editors  |  September 18, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Jay & Valerie Debate Cheating

Class Struggle and colleague Valerie Strauss, of The Answer Sheet, disagree on what to do about accusations of D.C. educators covering up bad results on the annual DC-CAS tests. Jay argued for retests in his Monday column. Valerie saidthat...

By Jay Mathews  |  September 16, 2009; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Where Did the Least Admirable Go to College?

At the suggestion of mischievous friends, to accompany this column on where our heroes went to college, I looked up the alma maters of people with few, if any, admirers. Feel free to add to this list: con artist...

By Jay Mathews  |  September 15, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hidden Outrages in Overseas Teacher Recruitment

A new report released by the American Federation of Teachers reminds us of a topic education writers like me almost never address---the unseemly side of the recruitment of teachers abroad for U.S. schools. The AFT report, "Importing Educators: Causes...

By Jay Mathews  |  September 14, 2009; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Retest D.C. Classes That Had Dubious Exam Results in '08

My colleague Bill Turque's energetic coverage of suspicious erasures on D.C. school standardized tests in 2008 reminds me of my attempt many years ago to delve into the only classroom cheating scandal ever to become a major motion picture. This...

By Washington Post editors  |  September 14, 2009; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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