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The Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail ran an editorial today, praising the D.C. school system’s new teacher contract, which, among other things, eliminates seniority rules and promises pay based on performance, as a model for school reform in the Mountain State. Consider this backhanded compliment:

Washington, D.C., schools had to hit rock bottom to win these changes. Let’s hope West Virginia schools, which are far from the bottom but still in need of improvement, will not need to bottom out before changes are made.