Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Washington Post just doesn't want to admit complicity wrt Chancellor Rhee, education in DC, test cheating

It took the USA Today newspaper's report on likely cheating on tests in the DC Public Schools, "When standardized test scores soared in D.C., were the gains real?," to get the Washington Post, one of biggest cheerleaders for former Chancellor of DC Public Schools Michelle Rhee, to start acknowledging the issue and running stories, even though for the most part the paper's editorial page continue's to be complicit in the school system's weak investigation of the issue, even though the editorial page runs multiple editorials each week concerning the ethical challenges uncovered concerning the city's Mayor and City Council.

Today's paper has a story on A11, "Newspaper's investigation uncovers suspicious test scores in schools across the nation," about the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's study of school testing across the country, which finds widespread cheating--Atlanta of course was one such epicenter, which the paper was instrumental in uncovering. (This story from the AJC, "Cheating our children: Suspicious school test scores across the nation" has links to a number of articles also about the investigation.)

This story is deserving of a front page slot, and likely more important than digital education in South Korea and events concerning the planets Venus and Jupiter.
Front page, Washington Post, March 25. 2012
Front page, Washington Post, March 25, 2012.

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