Jay Mathews

ColumnistWashington, D.C.


Some see 2015 as a year for content-rich lessons that will elevate schools. But others, not so much.

  • Mar 1, 2015

Critics said KIPP school leaders would crumble, but major adjustments have kept them strong.

  • Feb 22, 2015

Montgomery County seeks a new school leader from the outside — an old, bad habit.

  • Feb 15, 2015

The county has stonewalled one of its best teachers for three years. He just wants to help his students.

  • Feb 8, 2015

Hillsborough County just made a huge mistake in firing a National Superintendent of the Year finalist.

  • Feb 1, 2015

Scholar Mark Bauerlein explores the exams’ sterility, a result of fairness rules that got out of control.

  • Jan 27, 2015

Families are more likely to choose a distant school, hence an argument over safety and quality.

  • Jan 25, 2015

Stop worrying about admission rates and start looking for ice cream, movies and cute boys.

  • Jan 18, 2015

Doug Lemov’s first book sold 800,000 copies, a teaching phenomenon. His new book has even more.

  • Jan 13, 2015

Arlington’s new technology program is putting more computers into students’ hands.

  • Jan 11, 2015
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Jay Mathews is an education columnist and blogger for the Washington Post, his employer for 40 years. He is the author of seven books, including three about high schools and his most recent, a New York Times bestseller, about the birth and growth of the KIPP charter school network. He created the annual Challenge Index rankings of high schools (formerly in newsweek.com, now at washingtonpost.com). He has won several awards for education writing and was given the Upton Sinclair award as “a beacon of light in the realm of education.” He has won the Eugene Meyer Award for distinguished service to The Washington Post.
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