No good deed goes unpunished when teachers try to enrich their instruction.

Schools will be damned if they do and damned if they don't under new rules for evaluation.

The large percentage of students from high schools in affluent suburbs who need to take remedial classes in college calls into question assumptions about their reputation.

Teachers are not hired to be police, parent, and psychologist.

Local school board accountability is restricted to fairness and finances.

There are no miracles in education reform, as much as we want to believe in them.

Writing under pressure is de rigueur for professional journalists, but it is unrealistic for high school seniors.

Is it defensible to deprive students of a high school diploma based on subjective scoring of an exit exam?

Students are not being shortchanged by tracking when it is implemented at the appropriate level.

Magnet schools offer all the benefits of charter schools without the downsides.

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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