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Report: Public schools outperform private ones

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The Education Department reported on Friday that children in public schools generally performed as well or better in reading and mathematics than comparable children in private schools. The exception was in eighth-grade reading, where the private school counterparts fared better.

The report, which compared fourth- and eighth-grade reading and math scores in 2003 from nearly 7,000 public schools and more than 530 private schools, also found that conservative Christian schools lagged significantly behind public schools on eighth-grade math.

The government should be proud, right? Here's the kicker:

Its release, on a summer Friday, was made with without a news conference or comment from Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.

Read the full report here.

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