June 2014 Archives

The National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals said they support many of the provisions included in the draft of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The changes, they said, made positive strides towards supporting principals and improving the nation's education system.


Under the "hybrid" contract, Anderson and the state must agree to an extension each year. Anderson has come under fire recently for her "One Newark" school reform plan.


The winners of the "Innovation School Fellowship" proposed a Montessori-style K-12 school, a blended learning K-6 school, and another design that heavily focuses on entrepreneurship and student engagement.


Steadily declining enrollment in the nation's third largest school system has prompted officials there to reduce both teaching and nonteaching staff members.


A new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute examines principal hiring practices in five urban districts and finds that more strategic recruitment and heftier compensation are needed to improve the ranks of K-12 leadership.


Gov. Jay Nixon delivers on a promise to veto a bill that would have created a voucher program for students who attend unaccredited districts.


Fourteen urban school districts will receive funds under the Principal Supervisor Initiative. Money will also go toward developing model standards for principal supervisors and supporting organizations that help districts empower this group.


Researchers at the Center on Reinventing Public Education argue that while there are real policy barriers that hamper school improvement, principals imagine more roadblocks than there are.


The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards is looking for ways to recognize the school leaders who completed its rigorous pilot- and field-tests of advanced certification for principals.


The money helps the district to narrow a budget gap and avoid immediate layoffs, but the school system still needs more money.


Researchers from the University of Illinois found that parents felt excluded from the process, are distrustful of the school system, and want a voice in closure decisions.


Among its first acts in charge of the new Normandy Schools Collaborative, the state board of education cut the amount Normandy will pay for transfer students, and restricted the number of students who will be able to transfer in the future


Bringing health and social services directly to schools that serve struggling students is the focus of the new effort from Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration.


Chairman of the School Reform Commission William Green says he says a "prayer" every morning because he does not see how the funding crisis—now an annual rite of spring—could be fixed without the intervention of a higher power.


The Innovative Districts Act allows public schools that receive such designations to dispense with most state laws and regulations governing K-12 schools.


A local newspaper first brought to light allegations about cheating in one elementary school in the nationally recognized district.


UCLA review shows that minorities are still more likely than whites to be suspended for acts of disruption and willful defiance—a vague category that can include anything from talking back to teacher to not doing one's homework—.


The law, which was to go into effect in the 2014-2015 school year, was ruled unconstitutional by a circuit court judge.


A study by the National School Boards Association's Center for Public Education outlines the pros and cons of mayoral involvement in school boards.


The model standards for educational leaders, while voluntary, are used nationally to define roles and responsibilities, to guide preparation programs, and to help develop evaluations. They are being "refreshed" after a period of changes in the central office that have resulted from state and federal education policies.


The George W. Bush Institute, New Leaders, and others outline the district conditions that are needed to create opportunities for well-trained principals to succeed.


A year after merging the Memphis district and the neighboring Shelby County schools, education leaders are struggling with several aspects of improving the consolidated system for the benefit of all students and families.


Paul Hill proposes ways for reformers to find and cultivate local talent while transforming failing schools system.


In a report this week by two state organizations, school districts said that despite an increase in state education aid this year, they will still have to raise local taxes.


The Ohio Department of Education will now review 2012-2013 student attendance data for the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo and Columbus school systems.


A new report argues for Boston education leaders to extend charter-like autonomy over hiring, budgeting, and curriculum to all of the city's 128 schools.


The State Board of Education is to consider resolutions that would allow Newark's school board to vote on issues on financial management and the Paterson School board to vote on operations.


Three principals are commended for school leadership and student achievement gains with 2014 Ryan Awards.


Martin J. Blank, the president of IEL, reflects on the state of education leadership and the need for more cross-boundary collaboration to improve outcomes for children and youth.


Cami Anderson said she is "passionate" about the city and "hopeful" about the progress she has seen.


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