Taking Tiger Mom tactics to radical new heights, these parents are packing up the family for a total Far East Immersion.
Low-income students, paltry funding, dated facilities – that didn't stop some schools from doing more with less – and becoming the best in America.
The rankings are a measure of success in challenging and preparing students for post-secondary education – and life.
NEWSWEEK studied more than 1,000 top schools to determine the best of the best.
It's nail-biting time for high-school seniors across the country as they wait to see if the fat envelope will show up. With many schools seeing a flood of applicants—Harvard expects to offer admission to a record-low 6 percent—the odds of rejection are climbing. Here's a look at likely acceptance rates for some key groups of schools compared with five years ago, based on the number of applications received and the estimated offers available.
Funding for grades K through 12 comes in large measure from property taxes, and the housing crash depressed property valuations. But budget problems confronting municipalities can, Duncan thinks, have benefits because "when you're flush, you keep doing the same things."
Almost everyone who worries about America's "competitiveness" in the world bemoans the sorry state of U.S. K-12 education. The Chinese and others do better. We need to catch up.
There's a backlash against the rich taking on school reform as a cause. Some liberals figure they must have an angle and are scapegoating teachers. But most of the wealthy people underwriting this long-delayed social movement for better performance are on the right track.
Washington can seem like a Venn diagram where the two circles—Republicans and Democrats—will never touch. But on the issue of education reform, the two parties may be able to come together.