Monthly Archives: November 2010

Who should lead our school systems?

A significant portion of the articles on the education page of the New York Times website in recent weeks have covered the controversy surrounding Mayor Bloomberg’s choice of publishing executive Cathleen Black to follow Joel Klein as the Chancellor of … Continue reading

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In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants

“In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court ruled [on November 15] that illegal immigrants can be eligible for the same reduced tuition at public colleges and universities as legal residents of the state.” I meant to write about … Continue reading

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thoughts about Special Education

D.C. Public Schools are perhaps best known for their abysmal under-serving of the District’s Special Education students. Although Deputy Chancellor for Special Education Richard Nyankori has facilitated tremendous improvements, DCPS still shells out millions of dollars each year to pay … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving for Teachers

Our education system has a lot of problems. Here are some things teachers have to be thankful for: 1. Working copiers. I was always one of the first people in my school every day (arriving around 6 a.m.) so that … Continue reading

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The New York Times recently published a lengthy article entitled “Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction” ( If you’ve been around kids recently or have felt the effects of a diminished attention span yourself, you don’t even need to read … Continue reading

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Teacher Quality’s Uneven Distribution in the District

Today’s Washington Post article ( about the uneven distribution of “highly effective” teachers across the District’s eight wards comes as no surprise to anyone, for two main reasons. First, “good schools” attract good teachers. It’s important not to forget that teachers … Continue reading

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A follow-up to Facebook and students…

A school in northern Virginia (T.C. Williams, no less) is apparently struggling with the same sort of page that I reported to the administrators of my school a few weeks ago. The Post covers it here:

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Diversity in Magnet Schools (Admissions)

Jay Mathews of the Washington Post published a column (  on Monday dealing with an issue I’ve been planning to address here: why don’t high schools with competitive admission have a more diverse student body? Mathews covers Thomas Jefferson High … Continue reading

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