It was the Smackdown in Edgartown! Oh, wait, what’s that Lyndsey Layton? “It wasn’t quite the Smackdown in Edgartown”? Well, OK, but yesterday on Martha’s Vineyard, two titans of national education policy faced off in an unprecedented debate over the best way to turn around our nation’s failing schools. In one corner: Diane Ravitch, big thinker and former Education Department official. In the other: former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee. Stop me if you’ve heard this before:
“Ravitch argued that poverty causes achievement gaps and that the best solution is to offer poor children extra support and resources from birth on. Rhee agreed that poverty plays a role but said educators must focus on what they can control.”

In other news:

Kwame Brown ISO new chief of staff (D.C. Wire)

Is there a khat expert in this city? Anyone? Bueller? (City Desk)

Harry Thomas Jr. and John Edwards now share a lawyer (NPR)

Vince Gray will not have flash-mob robberies in his city! (WUSA-TV)

Say it ain’t so, A. Scott (Post)