March 2013 Archives

Beverly Hall and 34 others face charges of racketeering, issuing false statements, and influencing a witness as part of a conspiracy to make the school district look better academically.

Community members protested Dallas's new principal evaluation system at district headquarters.

Cleveland's schools chief says the district's comprehensive reform plan adopted last year needs a chance to turn things around before state officials step in.

Teachers, activists, and community members gathered in Chicago this week to protest the district's plan to close dozens of schools.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation will announce the 2013 winner of the top urban education prize in Washington on Sept. 25.

A Colorado administrator is named assistant principal of the year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for his efforts at a troubled high school.

The Camden school district in New Jersey will be taken over by the state, making it the fourth district under state control.

Mayoral control, state-run school districts, and charter districts were all proposed as alternatives to traditional school governance structures at a panel focused on school governance here this week.

A new bill focused on asserting the autonomy of local school boards was introduced in the House of Representatives.

The Georgia Supreme Court will determine the constitutionality of a Georgia law that allowed governor Nathan Deal to suspend six of the school board's nine members.

As many as 50 elementary schools in Chicago will close after this school year.

State K-12 chiefs from Idaho and Iowa tell U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that granting district-level waivers treads on state authority over public schools.

Maryland's second largest school system needs a dramatic governance change to improve student achievement, county executive argues.

The U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools released a report earlier this week announcing that the nation's schools are facing $271 billion in deferred maintenance and calling for the federal government and states to collect more information about the state of their school buildings.

California's state board expressed strong support for the effort of a group of school districts seeking a flexibility waiver from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Boston's School Committee voted yesterday to approve a new student-assignment plan, which the district says will keep more K-8 students in schools closer to home.

The gradual resegregation of the nation's schools has been a concern for civil rights activists, who pointed to evidence that white students were increasingly unlikely to share a classroom with nonwhite peers as the 1990s progressed. But in the new millennium, that trend has slowed, according to new research. With some exceptions, the nation's urban school districts became increasingly integrated between 1998-2009.

Obama administration officials talk federal early-education proposals, turnarounds, NCLB waivers, and sequestration in addressing urban school leaders' annual legislative conference.

The single wave of closures is believed to be one of the biggest in the nation.

Michelle Rhee and other education activists continue to test their influence in local school board races.

The superintendent of the 311,000-student Clark County School District in Nevada, which encompasses the Las Vegas metro area and is the nation's fifth-largest school district, will leave his post later this month, according to an announcement from the district released this month.

Only one newcomerelected to the Los Angeles-area school board under a new system designed to bring more diversity to the panel.

Millions of dollars in independent expenditures pushed spending in the primary race for three seats on the Los Angeles school board to record levels.

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