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Class Struggle: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

A Crazy Idea for Middle Schools

When education pundits like me talk about the American Indian Public Charter School in Oakland, Calif., the conversation is always about the middle school's leader, Ben Chavis. He is very different from us data-sifting eggheads. It is not an exaggeration...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 2, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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One Reason Why Risky D.C. Teacher Evaluation Might Work

My colleague Bill Turque has a terrific story today about D.C. Schools Chancellor MIchelle Rhee's plan to evaluate the effectiveness of her teachers and get rid of those who are not helping students learn. The idea is full of risks....

By Jay Mathews  |  October 1, 2009; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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NCLB's Downward Spiral--Letter from a Teacher

Tom DiFiglio, an Advanced Placement Psychology teacher at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, Fla., has sent me many smart messages over the years. His email today made clear how upset he was at recent events at his...

By Jay Mathews  |  September 30, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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NEA Signals Contract Flexibility

My colleague Nick Anderson , who covers the national education beat, reports today from Capitol Hill on a notable development in the long-running debate over how to rectify inequities in the distribution of effective teachers. Data show that schools in...

By Washington Post editors  |  September 30, 2009; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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A School-Picking Way for THIS Century

Louis Wilen, a sharp-eyed reader in Olney, Md., reminds me of something important I left out of my list of 10 ways to pick the right school. (See the blog item just below this one.) His message:...

By Jay Mathews  |  September 29, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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10 Ways to Pick the Right School

[This is a piece I did for our Real Estate section. It ran in the Sept. 26 Post.---Jay] We say we are buying a house. But for most of us parents, the house is not the whole story. It...

By Jay Mathews  |  September 28, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Despite Test Scores, Shaw Is on the Right Track

On July 11, Brian Betts, principal of D.C.’s Shaw Middle School at Garnet-Patterson, was at Dulles International Airport about to leave for a vacation in Spain. He was feeling good. His first year running a school whose students struggle...

By Washington Post editors  |  September 28, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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