The Washington Post

A mother who named her son Jihad and sent him to school with a T-shirt that mentions bombs and Sept. 11 is on trial in France.

We're not quite at the end of the year but let's get a head start with a roundup of the best and worst education news for 2012. Of course, what constitutes best and worst depends on your point of view. Here is veteran educator Larry Ferlazzo's.