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Jay Mathews, Education Columnist
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 Jay Mathews, a Washington Post education reporter, writes a weekly Class Struggle column exclusively for He also covers school issues in a quarterly column for The Post Magazine. He can be reached via e-mail at
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A 'Magnet' Is Not the Only Route to Excellence
Dear Extra Credit:
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is constantly mentioned in the paper for one reason or another. But what about students who are outstanding in other areas, such as the fine and performing arts?

More Extra Credit
Even Top Schools Can Fall Short Under 'No Child Left Behind' (Post, April 14, 2005)

Deadline Nears for Some to Drop Grades From Middle School (Post, April 7, 2005)

Is Week Before Easter the Most Logical Break? (Post, April 7, 2005)

Contributors (Post, April 3, 2005)

New Grade Policy Continues to Draw Fire (Post, March 31, 2005)

'Approved' or Not, Web Site Helps Teach (Post, March 31, 2005)

The Reasons Behind Those Picky Rules (Post, March 24, 2005)

A Parent Wonders Why She Can't See Her Child's Test (Post, March 17, 2005)

Taking the 'A' Out of Achievement (Post, March 17, 2005)

Why TJ Takes a Pass on Top Achievers List (Post, March 10, 2005)

Parent Questions Magnet School Policy (Post, March 10, 2005)

PTA President Calls for a Halt to the New Grading Policy (Post, March 3, 2005)

Snow Shouldn't Keep Students From School (Post, March 3, 2005)

Expectations Too High For Kindergartners? (Post, Feb. 24, 2005)

Passing P.E. Can Be (Almost) No Sweat (Post, Feb. 24, 2005)

Math of New Grading Scale Adds Up for Some but Not Others (Post, Feb. 17, 2005)

Schools Are Right To Play It Safe In Winter Weather (Post, Feb. 17, 2005)

In 'Coddled' County, Snow Days Are Bestowed Too Easily (Post, Feb. 10, 2005)

School Bus Service Still Has Mother Spinning Her Wheels (Post, Feb. 10, 2005)

At Semester's End, Gauging Effect of New Grading Rule (Post, Feb. 3, 2005)

No Real Alternative To Snow Days for All (Post, Feb. 3, 2005)

Student Supports Earlier Schedule (Post, Jan. 27, 2005)

To One Parent, Comics Don't Belong in Schools (Post, Jan. 27, 2005)

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