August 2009 Archives

No Rush to Return to Local Control in New Orleans

The state superintendent of instruction says schools are making progress, but need to remain under state control for several more years.

Obama's Popularity Can Shift Opinions on School Reforms, Study Says

A popular president's strong stances on education issues can shift the public perception of that issue, according to a new poll released today by Education Next magazine and the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University. Knowing President Obama's opinion on the issues gave a boost to those who said they supported the goal, from a 11 percentage-point increase for charter schools and a 13 percentage-point increase for merit pay. Researchers say the so-called "Obama effect" was strongest on those who shared the president's Democratic political persuasion. Positive research findings also had an impact on those who said ...

Duncan Praises St. Louis Public Schools

Education Secretary Arne Duncan praises St. Louis superintendent, union leader for effective collaboration.

Teacher Retires After Slapping Student

Tenn. Teacher retires after slapping incident

Md. District Mired in High School Scheduling Debacle

Thousands of high school students stranded without classes in Prince George's County.

ACLU Says Districts Need Better Policing Policies

How do you balance safety with a desire not to increase the number of students with juvenile records?

L.A. Unified Board Approves Outside Management of Schools

Los Angeles Unified school board OKs outside managers for schools

First New School Since Katrina Opens in New Orleans

The first of five schools to be built with federal recovery dollars opens in the city.

Innovation, Reform With Stimulus Dollars a Challenge, Superintendents Say

Superintendents reported that they had primarily used stimulus money to backfill budget cuts, not to do anything innovative.

St. Paul District At Odds With State Over Superintendent Credentials

The St.Paul school board finds itself at odds with the state, which says its interim superintendent can't legally serve in that job without a superintendent license.

Mayoral Control Preference?

Did D.C. Mayor's kids get school preference?

Philadelphia District Plays Out Three Dramas

Drama comes to Philly in the form of teacher contract negotiations, a surprising resignation, and Tony Danza.

Cortines: L.A. Won't Go Down Without a Fight in Race to the Top

Los Angeles superintendent audacious in his pursuit of Race to the Top money.

Terry Grier Tapped as Houston Superintendent

After just one full academic year in sunny San Diego, Terry Grier is headed deep into the heart of Texas. Grier, who took over the SoCal district in January 2008, had been experiencing some heartburn in his clashes with the school board and with the teachers' union, whose president said he lacks focus when it comes to implementing initiatives. The Houston Independent School District has tapped the veteran school leader as its new superintendent. He's replacing Abelardo Saavedra, who is retiring at the end of this month. Doesn't look like the local teachers' union is exactly rolling out the red ...

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