Class Struggle: Chester E. Finn Jr

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 11/02/2010

What would a Republican Congress do for our schools?

Ah, election day. Journalists who DON'T specialize in politics, like us education writers, can treat it like a midweek paid vacation. The editors who usually ask us why in heaven's name we haven't finished our stories must instead handle the election stuff. The voting and the results fill their time and the newspaper, for at least a couple of days, giving us marginalized non-political reporters time to catch up on our fantasy football trades and maybe sneak out to a movie.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 11/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Chester E. Finn Jr., GOP in the states very different from GOP in congress on school issues, How a Republican congress will treat schools, Michael Petrilli

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 12/29/2009

The truth about Arne Duncan and the Chicago schools

Those districts will never rise to the level of their suburban neighbors. But you can see Duncan has been working at this very hard for many years, and (if you look at what he says rather than what sloppy writers like me have suggested) has always been honest about how far his home town still needs to go.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:38 AM ET, 12/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Arne Duncan, Chester E. Finn Jr., Chicago schools, criticism of Duncan's record, education secretaries' records