Opinion: Obama and our schools

President-elect Barack Obama and his aides are signaling that education might take a back seat to other issues in the first few months of his administration. He ranked it fifth among his priorities, and if it is being downplayed, that's a mistake, writes New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. "We can't meaningfully address poverty or grow the economy as long as urban schools are failing. Mr. Obama talks boldly about

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