September 2009 Archives

Detroit schools bring out bells and whistles to get students back in school.

District of Columbia chancellor takes questions on teacher effectiveness, turning around high schools, and ongoing contract negotiations with the Washington Teachers Union.

The school board may ask Mark Roosevelt to resign and then rehire him under a new contract to get around state law.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender middle school students report significant taunting and physical harassment, a report says, while schools are slow to respond to the issue.

The Washington Post's Marc Fisher tells District Dossier that when it comes to Michelle A. Rhee, "what you see is what you get."

An internal investigation found several suspect real estate deals that cost the deficit-ridden district millions. Emergency Financial Manager Robert C. Bobb is holding evidentiary hearings in hopes of getting answers.

A superintendent known for his bold style and frequent job changes is out after just 14 months.

Beverly Gallagher allegedly accepted cash payments in return for promising school construction contracts.

Bloomberg's record as educator-in-chief under attack in NYC mayoral race.

Senior and mid-level employees will undergo three months of management training.

He was in charge of the district's Renaissance 2010 program, which closes low-performing schools and opens new ones in their place.

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KIPP comes in for an unofficial award at the Broad Prize for Urban Education.

The Aldine Independent School District uses a Web-based curriculum-and-instruction system to map out lessons, track students' progress, and shape professional development.

Is the much ballyhooed award the ultimate "get" for urban districts?

Leaders of the Arlington school district opted not to show President Obama's back-to-school speech, and now they've rethought plans to have students hear former president Bush.

A Virginia principal had to decide whether to let students use "Tribes" as a mascot name for a new school named after an American Indian group.

The Council of the Great City Schools will provide reviews and on-site assistance with federal stimulus-spending plans.

The comedian and educator will tape public-service announcements on behalf of the district.

The vote came in the wake of disagreement among board members and parents about construction priorities.

The education secretary still has some tough love for school boards, though.

A Texas school district that didn't show President Obama's speech to students is sending more than two dozen 5th grade classes to see former president George W. Bush live later this month.

No one from the District of Columbia schools offered evidence that the state superintendent's concerns about big jumps in test scores were investigated.

Here's some tools for district leaders preparing for President Obama's Tuesday speech.

An analysis has been done of large gains in proficiency scores at 26 schools.

Ninety-seven percent of the city's elementary and middle schools receive an A or B grade.

The U.S. Department of Education has released guidance on applying for waivers and how to keep educating students if a H1N1 flu outbreak disrupts school.

The district is divided into areas that are assigned a "diversity code," which is then used to make assignments for elementary schools.

Robert Bobb says the mayor needs to take over Detroit's troubled schools and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle says Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett can bring better results for that city's schools.

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