Eduwonk says: Stockpile canned goods and firearms! That guy by the subway station was right…the apocalypse is upon us! Key indicator? Pro-charter school NYT story here…front page NYT Sam Dillon pro-NCLB story here!
Here’s the lead, make sure you’re sitting down:
Spurred by President Bush’s No Child Left Behind law, educators across the nation are putting extraordinary effort into improving the achievement of minority students, who lag so sharply that by 12th grade, the average black or Hispanic student can read and do arithmetic only as well as the average eighth-grade white student.
Update: Mickey Kaus suggests an alternative explanation…burying good news on a Friday!