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Class Struggle: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

The Pros and Cons of Squelching Gifted Students

I have been writing about schools for a long time. It is difficult to surprise me. But some of the many people who wrote to me about my Oct. 5 column on Howard County’s reluctance to accelerate a gifted...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 16, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Don't Get Too Excited About Jump in D.C. Scores

Admit it. A lot of us are deeply invested in the argument over Michelle A. Rhee's tenure as chancellor of the D.C. schools. Is she a miracle or a monster? A smart educator or a bad administrator? So when...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 15, 2009; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Washington Post Raises Money for Students

As a company and a member of the Washington community, the Post has supported educational ventures for many decades. Washington Post Co. chair Don Graham's grandmother, Agnes Meyer, was a dogged supporter of better D.C. schools. His family has...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 13, 2009; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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California Hands Obama a School Reform Victory

My colleague Nick Anderson, on the national education beat, reports on a development in the Obama administration's school reform campaign: If there were any doubt, California is back in contention for a piece of President Obama’s $4.35 billion school reform...

By Washington Post editors  |  October 13, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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What Are the Best Moves Your Schools Ever Made?

I am suggesting we take a short break from our usual (but always useful) wallowing in what is wrong with our schools and their leaders, and briefly accentuate the positive. In my Monday column (just below this item on...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 12, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Educators Already Make No. Va. Schools Some of the Best

Political candidates, like the two gentlemen running for governor of Virginia, are always sincere about their education platforms. Their to-do lists are long. Their concern about the state’s children is deep. But the proposals they offer, like more efficiency at...

By Washington Post editors  |  October 12, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. School Protestors--What's Your Plan?

My colleague Bob McCartney and our editorial writer on education issues--both friends of mine--offer somewhat contrasting views in the Sunday paper. As always the mugwump, I think they're both right. McCartney wisely points out that D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 11, 2009; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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