Boston Mayor Menino, Who Helped Transform City's Schools, Dies at 71

Thomas M. Menino, the popular mayor of Boston who had authority over the city's schools throughout his 20-year tenure, died Oct. 30 of cancer. He was 71.


Making School Districts More Green: Advice from Experts

Experts weighed in on some of the efforts school districts are making to ensure that their buildings, and their instruction, are green.


Large Suburban Districts Call for More Testing Flexibility

The Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium is made up of 16 school districts across the country. Earlier this year, the group also called for reduced emphasis on testing.


Urban Educators Debate Testing in National Town Hall

The Council of the Great City Schools convened a town hall on the current testing regime in public schools, with panelists discussing its impact and what's needed to better assess student learning and the effectiveness of classroom instruction.


Houston Superintendent Wins Urban Educator of the Year Award

The council said that under Grier's leadership, access to Advanced Placement courses increased and more Houston students took the SAT college entrance exam.


More Test-Cheating Stories Come to Light as Atlanta Trial Continues

In the trial's fourth week of testimony, witnesses recount details of how they changed students' answers on tests to meet both state and district academic targets.


Chicago District Wants One-Year Delay of PARCC Test

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago public schools, will ask the U.S. Department of Education to let the district hold off on a full administration of PARCC tests for another year.


Urban Educators' Conference to Focus on Testing, Common Core, and ELLs

The 58th annual conference of the Council of the Great City Schools will tackle the most pressing challenges facing urban school district leaders.


Q and A With New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña

From expanded all-day pre-K programs, extensive community engagement, and a focus on English-language learners, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña are making their mark on New York City education. Still, the administration has taken some criticism for being slow to articulate a turnaround plan for the worst performing schools.


Philadelphia Teachers' Union Wins Temporary Injunction in Contract Dispute

While the union has succeeded in temporarily blocking a requirement that its members contribute to their health benefits, broader questions about the school district's authority to make unilateral changes to employee contracts remain unsettled.


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