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2.14.2008


NEW YORK
A staunch liberal supporter of school vouchers does an about face, suprising everyone. A Reversal on School Vouchers, Then a Tempest - New York Times. Despite his many earlier City Journal articles calling for vouchers and charter schools, in the new essay Mr. Stern focused on the shortcomings of the voucher movement. He argued that in recent years, vouchers had steadily lost political support. And citing the need for a “Plan B,” he urged educators to focus on improving curriculums instead. To support his idea, Mr. Stern pointed to Milwaukee’s experiment with school vouchers.
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MARYLAND & VIRGINIA
Our kids are our awesome! Md., Va. Among Top 3 In Passing '07 AP Tests - washingtonpost.com: "Maryland public schools had the second-highest percentage of graduating seniors who passed Advanced Placement tests last year, and Virginia's had the third-highest, College Board officials disclosed yesterday. Maryland also ranked second in the nation for gains on that measure of college readiness."

Montgomery accounting for most of the MD high scores and Northern VA pulled up the rest of the state.
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