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Class Struggle: September 12, 2010 - September 18, 2010

What No Child Left Behind did and didn't do

No Child Left Behind, the most influential and infuriating federal education law in 40 years, is not quite dead, but getting close. The Obama administration and Congress say they will discard it soon for something different. Nobody's paying much attention to it any more. The term AYP has fallen out of favor among us education writers.

By Jay Mathews  | September 17, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags:  Brian Jacob, No Child Left Behind, Thomas S. Dee, better 4th grade math scores, more student engagement, report summarizes what progress made under NCLB  
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Good and not-so-good in new Obama science ed plan

President Obama's announcement that 100 corporate chief executives will collaborate with him to improve science and math education has the potential to enliven school for disadvantaged students and change many of their lives. But it will not do much to get young Americans in general more interested science, math, technology and engineering as careers.

By Jay Mathews  | September 16, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags:  American adversion to science jobs, Obama science initiative, business executives start new organization to promote science and math in 100 schools, new report recommends training better science teachers  
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What D.C. schools could learn from the suburbs

Some of our suburban districts have made great strides in raising the achievement of low-income students with energetic policies that had to overcome resistance.

By Jay Mathews  | September 15, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags:  Arlington focus on black and Hispanic student achievement, D.C. suburbs have success in raising low income student achievement, Fairfax AP and IB programs, Montgomery County reading program  
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Good-bye Rhee. Hello who?

With Adrian Fenty's defeat in the D.C. mayoral primary, and Vincent Gray almost certain to be the new mayor, the exciting and divisive school chancellorship of Michelle A. Rhee---a boon to bloggers everywhere--is likely to end by the end of this school year, if not before. I like Rhee a lot, and wish her well on what likely will be another intriguing career adventure, but it is time to figure out what happens next with the D.C. schools.

By Jay Mathews  | September 15, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags:  Clifford Janey, Kevin Chavous, Rhee gone, Rudy Crew, who does Vincent Gray pick  
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Accuracy wanted on tuition costs

I wish a recent article in our Style section had given readers a clearer indication that the figure cited in the story's first paragraph for college costs -- "up to $200,000 in tuition, room and board" -- was a misleading distortion of what the vast majority of students have to pay.

By Jay Mathews  | September 14, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags:  Post story inflates college costs, college costs, college tuition inflation  
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Clever way to reward teachers as teams

The unconventional proposal is to reward small teams of teachers, such as everyone teaching second grade in an elementary school, or everyone teaching Algebra I in a high school. This discards the idea of merit pay for individuals, the current fashion, and merit pay for the whole school, a favorite of mine whose flaws Marshall quickly sees.

By Jay Mathews  | September 14, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags:  Kim Marshall, individual teacher merit pay is a loser, just good evaluations, no cash, no standardized tests, try rewarding teacher teams  
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Teacher in troubled school likes Rhee's impatience

Anthony Priest decided teaching math would be more interesting than his big business career, so he accepted an assignment at one of the most chaotic public schools in the region, Spingarn High in Northeast Washington. Since then, he says, he has had many adventures, including a first-hand look at the inspiring and results-oriented (at least to him) management practices of D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee.

By Jay Mathews  | September 12, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags:  Anthony Priest, Michelle A. Rhee, Rhee got it done in a day, Rhee intervenes when school in chaos, Spingarn High School, some teachers like Rhee's impatience, teacher could not get principal to fix broken door  
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