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Class Struggle: August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010

Best (and most unsettling) college admissions book ever

Bissonnette is 22 now, a senior at the University of Massachusetts. He has written the best and most troubling book ever about the college admissions process, "Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching Off My Parents."

By Jay Mathews  |  August 20, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags: best college admissions book ever, author Zac Bissonnette only 21, new book, still in college, suggests students make better use of state schools, warns against taking out loans  
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On Obama, Bush, schools and Milbank's mistake

I love the work of my colleague Dana Milbank, particularly the deeply contrarian columns he has been writing for the Sunday Opinion page. But his most recent Sunday effort took him outside of his usual territory, Washington politics, into...

By Washington Post editors  |  August 18, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Study: NJ and Newark lead nation in black male graduation rates

It is always news to me when I hear or read something good about the Newark school system, so I took notice when the Schott Foundation for Public Education released a new study saying that both that city, and the state of New Jersey, lead the nation by far in the percent of black male students graduating from high school.

By Jay Mathews  |  August 17, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: Newark lead nation, Schott Foundation says state is spending more than others on the issue, black male graduation rate in NJ, some experts say numbers are uncertain  
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L.A. Times report unveils teacher performance data

Anyone interesting in the raging debate over using test to rate teacher performance, in D.C. or anywhere else, should read the L.A. Times Sunday story revealing using hitherto secret data on how well L.A. Unified School District teachers' students do each year.

By Jay Mathews  |  August 16, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: L.A. Times series on teacher performance, could have huge consequences for both sides of the debate  
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A's for public universities, F's for privates

At the next gathering of family or friends, or better yet wherever you are doing your drinking, ask why a major organization promoting the improvement of higher education has just given Yale, Northwestern and the University of California at Berkeley F's on its latest college rankings. Then when they turn in your direction tell them the same organization gave A's to Brooklyn College, Kennesaw State and East Tennessee State.

By Jay Mathews  |  August 16, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: American Council of Trustees and Alumni, Brooklyn College gets an A, Yale given an F on new college list, colleges require few courses, only 77 percent require composition, only five percent require economics  
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