Atlanta Forward: Education

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Today’s moderator: Maureen Downey

Maureen Downey has written about local, state and federal education policy at the AJC for 12 years. She’s also taught college classes in mass communications and journalism. However, she’s learned more about schools from having four children in them.

» Join the discussion online today: Share your opinions and ideas on Maureen's blog Get Schooled.

Studies that place American students low compared to their counterparts in other countries often prompt the defense that the U.S. has more disadvantaged kids. A team of Harvard researchers decided to examine that defense; they looked at how students from educated families fare in international standings. I talked to one of those researchers for my column today. In a guest a column, a University of Georgia professor asks if colleges should become job training centers. And readers sound off on whether students who enter high school far behind can ever be caught up.

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