October 2012 Archives

The principal of an El Paso high school caught up in the cheating that led to the downfall of Lorenzo Garcia has resigned.

During the first year of stricter test-security measures in the 146,000-student Philadelphia school district, the district's handling of new allegations of cheating in one Philadelphia school was "baffling", according to WHYY/NewsWorks and the Philadelphia Public School Notebook.

After four years as a finalist for the Broad Prize, the 350,000-student Miami-Dade County public school system has won the award. The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation provides $550,000 in scholarships to a school district it determines to be the nation's most-improved urban school districts, and $150,000 apiece to three finalists.

An interview with Boston superintendent Carol Johnson, the latest winner of the Richard R. Green award for an urban school leader.

Superintendents, school board members, and school leaders gathered in Indianapolis this week for the 56th annual fall conference of the Council of the Great City Schools.

What happens to school buildings after schools close? In some districts, it's tied up in the politics of charter schools.

St. Louis has an accredited school district again, after a vote from the state's board of education yesterday. The district now meets seven of the state's fourteen criteria.

Wake County groups are calling into an investigation into the ouster of former superintendent Anthony Tata.

As the investigation into attendance data-tampering in Ohio's school districts continues, state auditor David Yost has said that his interviews have led him to believe there was "mal-intent" on the part of some school and district officials, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

The CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, Jean-Claude Brizard, will be replaced by Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

Audits in Baltimore and in Georgia have raised concerns.

Lorenzo Garcia, former superintendent in El Paso, Texas, will spend 42 months in prison and will pay $180,000 in restitution and an additional $56,500 in fines, after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud this summer.

The Boston school district is reconsidering its busing plans.

Inglewood Unified, a small school district in Los Angeles County, is now in the hands of a state administrator.

Education Week has a new spotlight on school and district leadership.

Efforts to improve schools through "turnaround" efforts like those supported by the federal Student Improvement Grant (SIG) program are based on "faulty evidence and unwarranted claims," says a brief released Monday by the National Education Policy Center, an education research organization based at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The brief includes a critical review of current research on and anecdotal evidence from turnaround programs and makes recommendations for what a more democratic process for school turnarounds.

Tony Tata, the former U.S. Army brigadier (and novelist) who has been the superintendent of the Wake County, North Carolina school district since January 2011, was removed from office by the district's school board last week.

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