March 2012 Archives

Newspaper Test-Score Investigation Revives Cheating Debate

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigated more than 14,700 districts and found roughly 200 with schools that had unusual swings in student scores on standardized tests.

KIPP Shares Leadership Model With School Districts

More than a dozen school districts are taking part in a leadership fellowship sponsored by the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) charter network, in order to learn how the network trains its school leaders. The KIPP Leadership Design Fellowship, which is funded through a $50 million federal Investing in Innovation grant, has also brought together representatives from charter management organizations and educator training programs. The group will meet at least three times between now and October, and will cover areas such as leadership development, principal training and residencies, and evaluation and support of school leaders. The first meeting is taking ...

Ed. Department Solicits Ideas for District Race to Top Competition

The $550 million competition will allow direct federal support to districts working to improve their academic performance.

School Reform, New Orleans-Style

The nonprofit group New Schools for New Orleans recently released a guide on the lessons it has learned in creating a decentralized network of charter schools for other urban districts that may want to follow its lead.

Philadelphia Schools Study Doesn't Meet Clearinghouse Standards

The What Works Clearinghouse said that a study of district- and charter-run schools in Philadelphia did not measure those schools' academic growth against schools with similar achievement levels.

2011 Was Major Investment Year for Walton Family Foundation

The Bentonville, Ark.-based organization continued its support for organizations that promote charter schools and school choice.

Indianapolis Chief Bound for Alabama or South Carolina?

Eugene G. White, who has led the Indianapolis district since 2005, is originally from Alabama.

Anoka-Hennepin School Board Votes to Settle Suit by LGBT Students

In exchange, the district must provide significant new protections to prevent the harassment of students who are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Detroit to Co-Manage Embattled Michigan District

Highland Park, a district of fewer than 1,000 students facing a large budget deficit, will have both an emergency financial manager and assistance from Detroit schools, which is also under emergency management.

Schools Chief Says Bridgeport, Conn., Reforms On Track Despite Court Ruling

A court ruling invalidated the state takeover of the struggling district, but the changes should not slow down plans to stabilize the school system, said Bridgeport schools chief Paul G. Vallas.

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