Military resolutions and rumors of war dominated all discussion in Washington, D.C., this fall. In the national media, education had receded behind blanket coverage of Iraq and terrorists. Whether by happenstance or by design, education and other domestic issues stayed as tightly veiled as a Grecian statue at General Ashcroft's Justice Department.

But old Washington hands are not so easily distracted. They know such bellicose days are the very times educators need to be most vigilant. For like card sharps out to dupe the rubes, the double dealers in the nation's capital could trick you


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