The Embarrassing Good News on College Access

Which obstacle blocks students more from making a successful transition from school to college: preparation or financial need? That is an underlying question that runs through many debates about how high-school students move on to higher education -- or don't move on. The Chronicle asked two scholars to give their views. (Richard D. Kahlenberg's views may be read here.)

Here's some good news about American education that you won't hear from the public-school establishment: There's