News about cuts in education budgets and teacher layoffs should not overshadow some promising breakthroughs that will help improve student achievement in the nation's schools, according to Richard Whitmire, author of "Why Boys Fail," and Andrew Rotherham, who writes the Eduwonk blog. Whitmire and Rotherham cite examples in this piece where effective teaching is being taught and measured, urban campuses are producing college-ready graduates and minority students are being funneled into four-year colleges.

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