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Class Struggle: March 6, 2011 - March 12, 2011

8 ways to survive spring break with kids

I’m moving back to California this summer. (You will be relieved or annoyed to learn I am not leaving The Post.) This will be my last spring, at least as I define the term. I grew up in the Golden State, the balmy sea breezes of Long Beach in the south and later the sun-splashed hillsides of San Mateo in the north. There was more rain in the winter, but otherwise I didn’t notice seasons.

By Jay Mathews  | March 9, 2011; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags:  do nothing, follow a map, plant something, read book then see movie, surviving spring break with kids, urban hike  
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USA Today series forces look at cheating

School districts have ignored glaring indications of educators inflating student results on state tests. The newspaper’s national investigation reveals data too suspicious to overlook. Closing of six L.A. charter schools suggests unbelievable scores may finally get noticed.

By Jay Mathews  | March 8, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Hiding kids’ SAT scores from them

If you overlook the 12-foot-long purple dinosaur in the front yard of their stone-and-brick Bethesda home, the Demarees appear to be a typical American family of the Washington suburban variety. Debby and Larry are commercial real estate brokers with incomes...

By Jay Mathews  | March 7, 2011; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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