Sunday WaPo Hat Trick

Three edurelated stories in the front section of yesterday’s Post. First, the big boffo Post spread on Gerald Cassidy includes some tales of all the higher ed earmark work of Cassidy and Associates. Second, the fight over the children’s health insurance SCHIP program is really disheartening, if you can’t get to bipartisanship on that it’s sort of hopeless, no? Finally, in the caffeine headache department, the article about the Howard Schultz memo is worth reading. Though we want much more uniform quality, don’t we want schools to be more like the authentic coffee house than the sterile chain? But, the lesson of Starbucks remains the approximately 40 percent increase in the consumption of gourmet coffee over the past decade — tastes and industries change and public schools ought to respond to that rather than getting run over by it.

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