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Class Struggle: January 16, 2011 - January 22, 2011

No dual enrollment on Challenge Index this year

I will not be counting final exams taken in local college courses by high school students as part of the calculation for this year's Challenge Index national ratings. I said I would try to do so, but the response I have gotten from high schools shows that there is not enough information about what are called dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment courses and their final exams.

By Jay Mathews  | January 21, 2011; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags:  AICE tests, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment, washingtonpost.com Challenge Index  
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Exceptional school has lesson for charters

When we reporters mention schools like Ivymount for students with disabilities, it is usually in connection with fights over money. Public school districts are legally required to pay private school tuition for such students if the districts can’t meet their needs. Some public school officials suggest that aggressive parents are ripping them off. Lawyers get involved. It is not a friendly environment. But the book "No Other Place" reveals a different dynamic at the beginning of the era of special education.

By Jay Mathews  | January 19, 2011; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags:  Ivymount, Jan Wintrol, Lillian Davis, No Other Place,, Shari Gelman, education of children with disabilities  
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Who needs school boards?

The 21st century so far has not been good to school boards. Their political squabbles are often blamed for disorganized schools and low student achievement. In several cities, including the District, boards have been pushed aside in favor of mayoral control. The mayors in turn have stumbled, but few voters seem to want the school boards back in charge.

By Jay Mathews  | January 16, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags:  Gene I. Maeroff, School Boards in America: A Flawed Exercise in Democracy,, few people vote for school board members, school boards, some school boards have no schools  
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