WaPo ed board weighs-in and praises AP course-taking in tony Montgomery County, MD. But Montgomery County Superintendent Jerry Weast has the right take on this one:
[He] “employs the phrase “a tall tree in a short forest.” That’s an acknowledgment that Montgomery’s gains are impressive only because the national record is still so disappointing.
He’s right, better than Baltimore is not exactly a rallying cry. Fact is, even our nation’s best school districts are not doing especially well with minority kids. Despite having six years, the President has failed to communicate that in terms of No Child Left Behind and address the backlash it has sparked from self-satisfied suburban school districts that don’t want to confront internal inequities in what are thought of as “world class” school systems (with the property values to prove it!).