There's so much going on this summer: high gasoline and other energy prices, a looming presidential election, the nation's (and in particular, Ohio's) continuing economic problems, and ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In education, Gov. Ted Strickland is gathering input and, likely, putting the final touches on his education-reform ideas. The State Board of Education is looking to replace State Superintendent Susan Tave Zelman. In this special issue, we're bringing you a brief, summertime pastiche of recent thoughts and quotes for consideration. Terry Ryan, Fordham's Ohio vice president for programs and policy, had a recent op-ed in the Columbus Dispatch concerning the emerging debate in state education policy. Now, we'll lead off with a piece by Thomas B. Fordham President Chester E. Finn Jr., which ran as an op-ed in Saturday's Wall Street Journal.

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