May 2014 Archives

A new report from the Government Accountability Office says that sequestration cuts to Title I and Impact Aid forced some districts to reduce specialists, increase class sizes, reduce professional development, and delay technology upgrades.

The School Reform Commission decided not to pass the school budget, an action that violates the City Charter.

Education Department officials flagged problem areas for the seven districts participating in the No Child Left Behind Act waiver, including delays and changes to strategies aimed at the lowest-achieving schools.

The last of a handful of traditional schools run by the Recovery School District will not reopen in September.

July 1 is the deadline to nominate creative district-level personnel for the Leaders To Learn From class of 2015.

The district reported in 2010 that the number of dropouts had declined from about 2,000 students annually to about 600, but it appears that the lower numbers may have been wrong.

In an external review commissioned by the Boston district, the Council of the Great City Schools finds discord and disorganization that threaten the school system's long record of progress.

Democrat Jay Nixon objects to the measure's proposed voucher program.

Philadelphians demand more funds for city schools after a 1st grader died in a school with no nurse on duty.

Nationally, per-pupil spending was static between fiscal years 2011 and 2012, but overall expenditures by districts dropped off some.

Residents are stepping up calls for more funds for the city's schools, after a seven-year-old boy died after falling ill at school.

Eligible education and research organizations can apply for federal grants to implement and study school safety programs.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has signaled that he's not likely to sign the measure that would allow students to use vouchers to transfer to nonsectarian private schools.

Mayor-elect Ras Baraka also called for the immediate halt to Superintendent Cami Anderson's plan to close and restructure several low-performing schools.

In a newspaper op-ed, an elementary school principal takes the unusual step of complaining publicly that the mayor's administration has stifled principals' voices.

The Philadelphia City Council introduced legislation to extend to city's sales tax, which will raise $120 million in the first year for the school district.

On average, students in schools whose principals had been trained by the urban leadership program improved their state test scores by nearly a percentile point in reading and 1.3 percentile points in math.

Minority communities are unfairly targeted for school closures, according to complaints filed this week with the U.S. Department of Education's civil rights office and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Meria Carstarphen says the district should let go of the past controversies and move forward

Newark voters heavily favored Ras Baraka, a city councilor and former high school principal who has been an outspoken critic of the state-appointed superintendent Cami Anderson.

The district has been without a permanent superintendent since the end of the last school year.

A former superintendent of the Arlingon, Mass. school district discusses how education leaders can cut costs at the same time as boosting student achievement.

Four teachers and a principal face multiple felony charges for their alleged role in cheating on state content tests, the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced.

Seven of the original eight districts participating in the waiver are seeking an extension and asking for more time to implement their teacher-evaluation systems.

Antwan Wilson, who has been lauded for his turnaround efforts in Denver, will join the district on July 1.

At a hearing this week, Philadelphia residents and educators pushed back against further budget cuts, asking elected officials to provide needed funding.

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