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Class Struggle: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

How change can poison schools

We see a bad school. We pray that it change. It is an understandable reaction. But an acidic little paper by two researchers in Oregon raises the possibility that sometimes change is the worst thing that can happen to hard-working teachers trying to get their school on its feet.

By Jay Mathews  |  May 7, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags: Columbus Elementary School in Chester, Direct Instruction, Edison Schools, Penn., Tom Ridge, too much change for schools, well-intentioned reformers battle each other  
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What happens to my high schools list if Newsweek is sold?

I can assure you that as long as I am alive and capable of carrying on the delightful work of keeping in touch with educators at our most challenging high schools every year, the Top High Schools list will be published.

By Jay Mathews  |  May 5, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: 7 million page views a year, Newsweek America's Top High Schools list, list will live on no matter what happens to Newsweek  
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Urban school sheds crime scene label

Has Wilson High School become too good to worry about bad news in the paper? It would seem so. The school still struggles with the effects of poverty on student performance. But the number of tardy students has dropped, attendance is up to a school record 86 percent, the percentage of black and Hispanic students on the honor roll is rising and on some academic measures, Wilson is leaving even affluent suburban schools behind.

By Jay Mathews  |  May 2, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags: Peter Cahall, Wilson High School D.C., power of creating an academic culture, strong faculty, supportive parents and alumni, urban schools shed crime scene label  
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