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Class Struggle: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

Overdoing school security

Something happened during my recent visit to Los Angeles that bothers me. My wife and I were there to help out during and after the birth of our second grandson. That part went great. What troubles me was the handling of a shooting of a police officer in front of El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills Jan. 19, the day before the new Mathews, named Tom, was born.

By Jay Mathews  | January 28, 2011; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags:  El Camino Real High School, balancing security and learning, lockdown of nine schools in Los Angeles  
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No Child Left Behind, perfection and caveats

A couple of highly valued sources have taken issue with a story I wrote in today's paper about the No Child Left Behind law.

By Nick Anderson  | January 27, 2011; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Fact-checking Obama and education

My colleague Nick Anderson, on the national education beat, provided these items to the Washington Post Fact Checker blog. One is on the Race to the Top contest and the other on science-math teaching. I'm republishing them here....

By Washington Post editors  | January 25, 2011; 10:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Is KIPP abandoning the neediest students?

The Knowledge Is Power Program, the nation’s and the District’s most successful charter school network, has a new official name, KIPP, and a new approach to raising achievement for disadvantaged children. In its first decade the network---with 91 schools in 20 states and another eight in the District--focused on creating middle schools that started with fifth graders two or three years below grade level and got them up to speed by eighth grade. Now it is opening elementary schools, including three here, so it can start raising achievement in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.

By Jay Mathews  | January 23, 2011; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags:  Jonathan Cowan, KIPP, KIPP officials promise to still admit older kids, Knowledge Is Power Program, Mike Feinberg. Dave Levin, Richard Kahlenberg, Steve Mancini, Susan Schaeffler, change could hurt older children, main intake will be pre-K not fifth grade, new KIPP structure  
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