The Education Review
Praises for the Washington-area's top middle schools. Plus, surmounting the academic hurdles of dyslexia, poverty and more.

The tricky years between elementary and high school don't have to be a nightmare or a loss. Your nominations for the region's most successful middle schools showed us how tweens can flourish.
Class Struggle by Jay Mathews, Education Columnist
Monday, April 16, 2007 Noon ET
Jay Mathews shares readers' picks for best Washington area middle schools.
Her bright but dyslexic daughter seemed destined for a future as an underachiever. Then new technologies provided help.
Can a public school program empower the surrounding community? That's the goal of Linkages to Learning in Montgomery County.
During a school trip to Washington, a nonprofit program offers teachers their own intimate glimpse of how government works.

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