March 2010 Archives

Will Kansas City Changes Last?

With the school board election in Kansas City just days away, some are >wondering if the slate of board members to be voted on Tuesday will mean a reversal of the major transformations underway.


Top Chicago Schools Aide Resigns Amid Probe

A former top aide to Arne Duncan has resigned over a scandal involving VIP access to the Chicago's top high schools.


Judge Voids 19 NYC School Closings

NYC has to go back to the drawing board, after a judge says the district violated state law in closing 19 schools without real community participation.


Friday District Roundup

A look at news and views from the nation's school districts.


Duncan's Role in Elite School Access Questioned

The education secretary's role in students gaining access to selective Chicago high schools has been questioned.


Detroit Tearing Down 10 Vacant Schools

Detroit's public school system is tearing down 10 vacant schools this spring and summer in an effort to help clean up neighborhoods and reduce crime.


Data Rooms Coming to Newark Classrooms

Newark, N.J.'s schools have partnered with a national union to develop "data rooms" that will help teachers focus on continuous improvement.


Superintendents Push Duncan on Turnarounds

The Obama Administration's regulations for turning around low-performing schools, embedded in federal school-improvement grants, could force the firing of principals making progress in those schools and make recruiting turnaround leaders even harder, urban superintendents told U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at a Sunday luncheon. Each of the options the Education Department gives school districts under the regulations requires replacing the principal if that principal has been at a school in the bottom 5 percent of performance for more than two years. San Francisco schools superintendent Carlos Garcia voiced the frustrations of many in the room, asking Duncan why ...


Friday Reading List: District Roundup

Friday is here again as a welcome friend. Here's some of the district news you may have missed this week: The Memphis city school district wants its own police force, but the Memphis police chief doesn't think it should happen. The two sides shared their perspectives before legislative committees in Nashville this week. The district has been looking at this issue off and on since at least 2007. Speaking of Memphis, St. Patrick's Day pinches got two middle school boys suspended. Class sizes of 37 students may come to Chicago schools because of $700 million in potential budget cuts, schools ...


Phila. School District Examines Weighted-Student Funding

The Philadelphia school district may begin using a weighted-student funding formula in its schools.


Detroit Academic Plan Focuses on College Readiness

A plan for Detroit's public schools seeks to dramatically accelerate the performance of students in what has been called the nation's worst school district.


Friday Reading List: District News and Views

Education news and views from around the nation.


Minneapolis Schools on Lockdown After Shooting Threat

All schools in the Minneapolis school district are on lockdown for a second day after a threat was received Wednesday that someone would shoot at an unspecified school in the city and then shoot himself.


Kansas City Braces for School Closings, Budget Cuts

Nearly half the public schools in Kansas City, Mo., will close, and $50 million will be slashed from the budget, if the board OKs a plan aimed at right-sizing the district.


Friday Reading List: District News Edition

This week proved a busy one for the nation's school districts, and next brings more big decisions on the horizon.


L.A. Schools Give Pink Slips to 5,200 Staffers

The Los Angeles school district has given layoff notices to more than 5,000 employees as it seeks to close a budget deficit of more than $600 million.


Finding Home-Grown Superintendents Difficult

Finding top-notch local superintendent candidates can prove to be mission impossible.


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