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Class Struggle: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

Are Post authors biased? Give us your solutions.

A very thoughtful and persistent reader who signs in as bermanator4 has gone after me for not warning readers of my personal views whenever I address issues about which I have written extensively, particularly when I have written books...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 31, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Rhee is right--summer learning is vital

I don't have a transcript of yesterday's raucous D.C. Council hearing over the disputed layoffs of 266 teachers early this month, but the TV clip I saw had Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray asking D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A....

By Jay Mathews  |  October 30, 2009; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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Want your school to try Advanced Placement? Here's how.

I have written this weekly online column for almost a decade. From the beginning, one of its goals was to be ahead of every other media outlet in news and arguments about Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses and...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Rhee vs. teachers--is that clash important?

On our education page you will find the latest reports from both the D.C. Council hearing and the court hearing Thursday on the firing of 266 D.C. teachers by Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. This is important information, but to...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 29, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Idiocy in paradise: Hawaii handles school budget cuts badly

Hawaii is so far away we mainland reporters rarely mention it. I was the Post's western states correspondent in the 1980s, with Hawaii part of my beat, but I never asked to go there for fear of being labeled...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 29, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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A new, if pushy, idea to improve special education

[This is my column for our new Local Living section, Oct. 29] When I first returned to the Washington area in 1997 after two decades working elsewhere for the Post, I assumed that readers of my education stories would...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 28, 2009; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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School censorship without student input is not cool

Go to our education page and check out Nelson Hernandez's great story, and Valerie Strauss's Answer Sheet blog, on Churchill High students' fight for the right to produce the musical "Chicago," in the face of concern about religious and...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 28, 2009; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Harvard Schmarvard: Does more selective mean better?

The Inside Higher Ed Web site rightly picks out the latest research by Caroline Hoxby, a brilliant Stanford University economist very good at starting fights (see this post), as a most intriguing take on our national argument over getting...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 28, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Immigrant teachers exploited, districts don't notice

Greg Toppo of USA Today and Icess Fernandez of The (Shreveport, La.) Times have a disturbing cover story in the Life section of Wednesday's USA Today exposing the crimes of a Filipino recruiting firm that extorted big bucks out...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 28, 2009; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Minimum school leaving age nonsense

If you want to be convinced, once again, that politicians usually don't make good education policymakers, go to our education page and look for the "MoCo pushes for new age requirement" link. There you will find my colleague Nelson...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 27, 2009; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Is homework necessary?

I used to be Mr. Homework, frowning at all the hand-wringing softies who said we were hurting our kids by piling on the assignments. Two years ago I had a slight change of heart. I suggested, since research showed...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 27, 2009; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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School improvement in the real world

Stanford University researcher Larry Cuban long ago proved himself among the most daring of pundits, willing to disparage the most popular education policies---like loading schools up with computers---when the data showed they weren't as effective as advertised. In his...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 27, 2009; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Latest from Chancellor Rhee

I say this often, but in teaching repetition is a virtue, and this applies to blogging also: Checking Bill Turque's latest post is always in your best interest. The Post's D.C. schools reporter has the latest from Chancellor Michelle...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 26, 2009; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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How many times were you suspended?

Anyone interested in changing attitudes toward the good old school suspension should read Anthony E. Harris's startling piece Monday on page 2B of the Metro section. Then comment here on what you know of the popularity of this device...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 26, 2009; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Two D.C. high schools get a New York makeover

After days of frantic blogging on the latest D.C. schools crisis and trading speculation with interested readers, I find it refreshing to visit three educators who are making major changes in two of the city’s lowest-performing high schools. Unlike...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 25, 2009; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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