September 2012 Archives

The U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights and the Oakland unified school district have reached an agreement in which Oakland will take a number of steps to address the issue.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has filed a complaint against New York City's Specialized High Schools' admissions process. It says that over-reliance on a less-than-perfect test leads to disproportionately low numbers of African-American and Latino students at the schools.

The NASSP announced that Trevor Greene of Toppenish, WA is the Metlife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year, and Laurie Batton of Newnan, GA is the Middle Level Principal of the Year

The National School Boards Association announced today that Thomas J. Gentzel, currently executive director of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, will become the national organization's new executive director on December 1, 2012.

The blog will have a temporary change in writers, but is still committed to offering a broad selection of leadership and district news.

Gene T. Harris is retiring from the Columbus, Ohio district she has led since 2001 as the state investigates allegations that district leaders tampered with student attendance data in order to boost school rankings.

The decision to strip the Normandy Garden district near St. Louis of accreditation came after reviewing years of academic data, according to the Missouri State Board of Education.

But both the city and the Cleveland teachers' union acknowledged that finding areas of agreement can be challenging.

Principal evaluation should be multifaceted and growth-oriented rather than punitive and reliant on standardized test scores, according to a new report put out today by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

School principals in the Los Angeles Unified School District know how they'll be evaluated, for this school year at least—and, for the first time, student test scores will be a factor. Yesterday, the district and the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles reached an agreement that means that student achievement data by grade level, by department, and for the entire school will be used alongside other information in evaluating principals.

As readers of this blog surely know, today is the second day of a teachers' strike in Chicago that's being closely watched around the country. The strike has implications for districts and educators, but it has broad implications for district CEO Jean-Claude Brizard.

A divide between public school parents and members of an Orthodox Jewish community in New York threatens to tear apart a small school district.

The Council of the Great City Schools is using experience gleaned from its members to develop and sell a program that allows school districts to track key non-academic performance indicators.

This year, as has been the case since the first survey in 1999, students' perception of a safer school climate was directly related to the availability of school-based LGBT resources and support, including Gay-Straight Alliances and comprehensive anti-bullying policies.

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