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A group of parents plans to file a suit against a Dade County, Fla., private school, arguing that their children's diplomas were essentially rendered worthless by the school's failure to seek accreditation.
New Mexico natives often advise tourists to bypass the interstate when traveling from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. Instead, they recommend taking Highway 14, a slower but far more picturesque route better known as the "Turquoise Trail."
Test scores are malleable as putty. They can convey good news or bad, signal improvement or decline, trigger smugness or alarm. And the more they are twisted and tugged, the stronger our reactions are apt to be.
Why is it that now with a bustling economy, rising productivity, and shrinking unemployment American public schools are not receiving credit for the turnaround? In light of scathing criticism of poorly performing public schools, the question sounds foolish. It isn't if you consider the Great School Scam of the 1980's.
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