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Class Struggle: September 20, 2009 - September 26, 2009

Hidden Depths of Michelle Rhee

My colleague Marc Fisher has a wonderfully detailed profile of D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee in the upcoming issue of wp, the Post's renamed and renovated Sunday magazine. It is already online here....

By Jay Mathews  |  September 25, 2009; 6:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Bad Title, Mind-Changing Book

We education writers receive many books in the mail with terrible titles, real slumber-time stuff. Here are some on my bookshelf: “Learning and Understanding: Improving Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in U.S. High Schools";| “Rethinking High School Graduation Rates...

By Washington Post editors  |  September 25, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Rhee's Latest Move: It's All About Principals

Anyone who thinks D.C. School Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee would consider holding back on last summer's hiring of 900 new teachers in the face of potential budget cuts just hasn't paid any attention to what she was doing before...

By Jay Mathews  |  September 24, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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State Superintendent Supports Rhee Account

At the Struggle, we are proud of providing our readers the freshest news possible. To enrich our discussion of the cheating investigation, here is what I received a couple of minutes ago from D.C. State Superintendent of Education Kerri...

By Jay Mathews  |  September 23, 2009; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Chancellor Rhee Corrects the Record

D.C. School Chancellor Michelle Rhee, after reading my latest post [Seen Cheating? Tell Me About It] contacted me to correct accounts of her reaction to the suspicious erasures on the 2008 standardized test for D.C. elementary school students....

By Jay Mathews  |  September 23, 2009; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Seen Cheating? Tell Me About It.

Bless Bill Turque, the Post's D.C. schools correspondent, for his dogged coverage of the erasures in several schools that suggest all was not right with the 2008 administration of the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System exams. His latest story on...

By Jay Mathews  |  September 23, 2009; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Testing Vet Reveals How to Fix Standardized Tests

Todd Farley has a new book: "Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the Standardized Testing Industry." It was an intriguing read, but I told him it didn't go far enough. He had dramatized the weaknesses in the many tests...

By Jay Mathews  |  September 22, 2009; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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New Ammo For Charter Debate

The New York City Charter Schools Center is releasing Tuesday a new study showing that students who attend the city's charter schools do significantly better than similar students not picked in the annual random lotteries for charter school places....

By Jay Mathews  |  September 22, 2009; 4:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Elite Schools Don't Make Elite People

I promised a high school counselor in California I would update a very old online column whose printout on her wall is too faded to read. It asked a question I think students immersed in college visiting and application writing...

By Jay Mathews  |  September 21, 2009; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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