April 2013 Archives

Columbus schools face possible state takeover after evidence that schools "scrubbed" attendance records and altered student grades.

New Orleans voters have very mixed thoughts on how the past 8 years of education policies in the city have worked and on what should come next for the city's schools.

Earlier this month, leaders from 15 school districts around the country gathered in Washington to meet with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, share lessons they'd learned, and celebrate successes.

A new infographic from the Opportunity to Learn Campaign illustrates the disproportionate effect of school closings on minority and low-income students.

Philadelphia's schools brace for possible "doomsday" budget cuts.

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated $350,000 to a group that's supporting a candidate for Los Angeles' school board in a runoff election.

Carol Johnson, the superintendent of Boston's public schools, announced today that she is retiring.

Chicago students join increasing numbers of protests around the country objecting to what some say is an overuse of standardized tests.

From guest blogger Alyssa Morones Last week, Boston, and the nation, stood still in the wake of a bombing at the Boston City Marathon. On Friday, the city watched as a manhunt for one of the suspected bombers closed down its streets. On Monday, area students returned to school. Aside from their proximity to the bombings and the manhunt, several Boston-area school systems have been personally touched by the the tragedies of last week. Two of their students, 8-year-old Martin William Richard, of Dorchester, and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, who attended the University of Massachusetts-Boston, were killed in the blasts. The ...

Tennessee's state-run Achievement School District, which runs 6 schools in Memphis, is the subject of a new report that suggests the model could help other states improve low-performing schools.

Washington councilmembers expressed concerns about cheating, but were focused on establishing new security procedures rather than on investigating past incidents.

Beverly Hall's lawyers refute allegations that the former schools chief inflated test scores in order to boost her annual bonus payments.

Paul Vallas, the superintendent in Bridgeport, Conn. and former leader of Louisiana's Recovery School District, Philadelphia, and Chicago, headed back to school this spring. Kind of.

As school closings proceed, Chicago Teachers' Union seeks to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other elected officials in next election.

Tennessee's state legislature has passed a bill that would allow six of Memphis's suburban cities to create their own school districts.

A law suit against a Los Angeles school district claims at-large election process illegally obstructs Latinos' voting clout.

Detroit school officials announced a new K-12 strategic plan yesterday.

Principals from across the nation give firsthand accounts of leadership in action in the latest video series from the Wallace Foundation.

A data analyst hired by Michelle Rhee to advise her on possible widespread cheating told the former chancellor that high rates of erasures needed more thorough investigation.

The Broader, Bolder Approach to Education campaign will soon release a report charging that claims of success in those three districts attributed to policies such as charter schools and using test scores in teacher evaluations have been overstated.

Karen Garza, currently superintendent in Lubbock, Texas, will be the new superintendent in Fairfax County, Va.

A new study analyzes effectiveness of New York's weighted school funding scheme.

A new analysis of Los Angeles students finds that, while 59 percent of the Class of 2011 graduated on time, far fewer of those students were college-ready.

Kathy Augustine, who was deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction, is the highest ranking former Atlanta administrator who was not indicted in cheating scandal

From guest blogger Alyssa Morones Maryland's state government took a step forward this week in facilitating partial takeover of the school system in Prince George's County. The Baltimore Sun reported that the county's state Senate delegation voted in support of a bill that would give County Executive Rushern L. Baker III the power to select the county school system's next chief executive officer. Along with the power to select the chief executive officer, this latest bill would give the county executive the power to choose the chair and vice chair of the school board. Four of the school board members ...

Other districts are taking a more aggressive stance to root out cheating.

As the District of Columbia prepares to close 15 public schools, the city will have to find space for a major influx of children entering the school system.

The emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools says he will appoint a superintendent.

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