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Rochester, N.Y., Mayor Wants Control of Schools

The mayor of New York's third-largest school district wants control of its schools.


K.C. School Board Hopefuls Rush to Join Ballot

Kansas City citizens rush to be first to file for April's school board election for the district.


L.A. Union Sues Over School-Management Policy

A resolution passed by the Los Angeles school board in August will allow outside groups such as charter schools to take over the management of 30 new and existing schools starting next school year.


Detroit Moves on Authority Question, Teachers' Contract

The contract includes school-wide performance bonuses


L.A. Schools Chief: Weed Out Weak Teachers

A Los Angeles Times story prompts Ramon C. Cortines to urge principals to get rid of bad teachers before their jobs become permanent through tenure.


Kevin Johnson Starts Education Nonprofit in Sacramento

The former NBA star starts a new organization with help from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.


New Orleans Parents Optimistic About State of Public Schools

New Orleans parents have a positive view of their schools, a new study finds.


Michelle Rhee's Predecessor Needs No Affirmation

Clifford Janey says his work on academics in D.C. public schools has had an impact on the city's rising scores on the NAEP.


For Better School District Coverage, Reporters Need Access

School districts need to give reporter access to policy decisions and classrooms to improve education coverage.


Bobb Asks for Academic Power Over Detroit Schools

The district's emergency financial manager, citing low NAEP scores, wants authority over what is taught in Detroit.


The Science of School Closures

Someone is always unhappy when a superintendent decides to close schools because of bad weather.


Baltimore Schools Chief Sees Urban NAEP Results as Validation of Gains

Andres Alonso pushed for the district to participate in the Trial Urban District Assessment program.


NAEP Measures Progress in Urban School Districts

Results show some progress for urban cities in 4th and 8th grade math over the last two years.


Nashville To Grow Its Own Charters

Mayor Karl Dean announces a new charter school incubator for his city.


Detroit to Demolish Vacant Schools

Detroit to demolish 14 vacant buildings, long an eyesore and target for vandalism.


How to Exit Restructuring: Lessons From 23 School Districts

Schools that succeeded in improving low performance used multiple strategies, a new study finds.


Broward Teachers Union Sues to Stop Insurance Rate Hike

The teachers union says an ethical conflict with a board member should block the action from going forward.


Denver School Board Members Get Marriage Counseling

Tension on Denver school board leads it to see help from a marriage counselor


Google Users Gaga for Schools in 2009

Searches for school-related information top Google lists in most major cities.


Boston Consortium Brings Together All K-12 Sectors

Educators from the public, charter, parochial, independent, pilot, and suburban schools that make up the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity have agreed to work together on promising teaching practices.


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