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The District

Undoubtedly well-intentioned, D.C. Council member David Catania's proposed school board legislation raises some important concerns.

The difficulty some high-achieving D.C. public schools students have when they get to college raises questions about the system's reform program.

The problem, the author says, is not with any one standard or assessment stem—it’s with a checklist mentality.

With one decision about one elementary school, D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is filling in the picture of the future for the city's long troubled school system.

The belief that this process should start with a team of lawyers – and not end with one – speaks to a fundamental missed opportunity. Plus a response

Check the languages.

How obsessive have school reformers been with linking student standardized test scores to the evaluations of adults in school buildings?

In the you-can't-make-up-this-stuff category: The public school system in the nation's capital may let high school students graduate without taking a high school level course in how their country's government works.

The PBS show "Frontline" on Tuesday night aired John Merrow’s documentary on Michelle Rhee, which focused on the 3 1/2 years she was chancellor of D.C. Public Schools. There is sure to be a variety of opinions on what it said and what it didn't say. Below is the reaction of education historian Diane Ravitch, the preeminent voice in the growing opposition to Rhee's style of school reform.

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