Education: No Tea Party

Study flunks Boston schools

The Boston public school system, the oldest in the country, may now also be one of the worst, according to a recently concluded 13-part series by the Boston Globe, based on a six-month investigation by its "Spotlight" team. Among the findings:

¶A third of the 10,000 high school stu dents taking more than two academic courses flunked more than half their basic academic subjects last winter. Some 60% failed because of excessive absenteeism (about a fourth of the high school students were absent on any given day).

¶For the past nine years, students in grades one through eleven have been...

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