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Class Struggle: October 4, 2009 - October 10, 2009

Fixing Errors (Not Mine, Of Course)

At the Struggle, we like to be accurate. Although when we do corrections we try to dig into them and not to be as boring as those little items on page A2 of the Post. Here is a complaint...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 9, 2009; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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How to Fight for Special Education

I have often wondered what I would do if I discovered I had a child with learning disabilities. The parents I have interviewed who have gone through this seem more patient and persistent than I am. I suspect they got...

By Washington Post editors  |  October 9, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: Daniel P. Hallahan, Etta Brown, James M. Kauffman, Special education, learning disabilities  
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Look Who's Backing Charters and Performance Pay

My colleague Nick Anderson, on the national education beat, reports that the American Federation of Teachers is plunking $1.2 million today into a range of school reform ventures around the country. Not a large sum, but notable nonetheless. The funding...

By Washington Post editors  |  October 8, 2009; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. Teacher Layoffs--Muddying the Path to Better Schools

The Washington Teachers Union seems to me justified in suing over the massive layoff of D.C. teachers. It is sad that so many educators removed by the firings appear to have been adding value to the school system. At...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 8, 2009; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  
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Gifted Student Stifled--The School District Responds

Since the story of Drew Gamblin (see the column posted just below this item) does not put the Howard County schools in a favorable light, since the column in the paper had space for only a small part of...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 5, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  
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School Rules Stifle Gifted Student

Anyone who wants to appreciate how strong a grip high school has on the American imagination, and how clueless some school districts are about this, should consider the story of Drew Gamblin, a 16-year-old student at Howard High School...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 5, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Metro Monday  
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