Disparate outcomes occur for many reasons over which schools have no control.

Annual inspections of home schools are needed to determine that children are not being denied their right to a basic education.

If classical nude paintings are available in a school library, why are they not permitted in a school classroom?

The latest data show that not all parents have given up on traditional public schools.

One way to attract qualified subs is to put them on a retainer and pay them a supplement when they are summoned.

Subject matter expertise is no substitute for pedagogical competency.

Failing to teach students how to read handicaps them for life.

High absenteeism will persist as long as students see little connection between their studies and their future plans.

University-school district partnerships provide a forum for helping teachers become more effective in the classroom.

The achievement gap can never be eliminated but only narrowed.

The opinions expressed in Walt Gardner's Reality Check are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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