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Who Runs the Best U.S. Schools? It May Be the Defense Department

October 10, 2023

Sarah Mervosh

The New York Times

Kendrick Brinson for The New York Times

By Sarah Mervosh, The New York Times / October 10, 2023

Amy Dilmar, a middle-school principal in Georgia, is well aware of the many crises threatening American education. The lost learning that piled up during the coronavirus pandemic. The gaping inequalities by race and family income that have only gotten worse. A widening achievement gap between the highest- and lowest-performing students.

But she sees little of that at her school in Fort Moore, Ga.

The students who solve algebra equations and hone essays at Faith Middle School attend one of the highest-performing school systems in the country.

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