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Former superintendent Beverly Hall, also charged in the case, has had her trial delayed indefinitely due to illness.


Jefferson County Public Schools have been roiled with protests in the last two weeks over a new teacher compensation package and a proposal to review the A.P. U.S. History curriculum to promote patriotism and downplay negative aspects of American history.


In doing so, the state is following in the footsteps of its large districts—Los Angeles and San Francisco—that have already moved away from using "disruption/willful defiance" as a reason for suspension. The practice has been criticized for its disparate impacts on minority students.


Students in Jefferson County, Colo., have been staging walk-outs this week to register protest against proposed changes to the Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum...


The investigation comes on the heels of a civil rights lawsuit alleging that the closure of the last five traditional public schools governed by the city's largest school district disproportionately affected African-American students.


Hundreds of high school students in Jefferson County, Colo., protested proposed changes to history curricula.


The program was launched this year, with the Mind Trust, to create opportunities for educators and others to propose ways to transform low-performing and underused schools.


The $2-a-pack cigarette tax will generate about $49 million in revenues to the cash-strapped schools in the first year, but it does not solve the district's long-term financial problems.


The school board wants to remove Emergency Manager Jack Martin from his position, arguing that state law allows the board to remove Martin after 18 months.


Daniel P. King, one of Education Week's 2013 "Leaders To Learn From," is among the educators who are being honored today for "doing extraordinary work to educate the next generation of Americans" and increasing opportunities for children in low-income communities, according to the White House.


Facing criticism, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he will consider other names for the academy planned for the Near North side neighborhood.


The fund now stands at more than $34 billion, but only the interest income can be spent. In August, a state district judge ruled that Texas was not distributing school funds adequately or fairly among its richer and poorer districts.


Nearly a year after John Deasy reportedly threatened to resign as Los Angeles' superintendent, new rounds of conflict make clear that relationships among those in charge of running the nation's second largest school district are frayed.


This is the second straight year in which the number of schools failing to receive accreditation increased, a slide that began after the state enacted tougher assessments.


The school districts are asking the state to pay them about $134 million, funds they say are owed to them under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The program, which provides money to poorer districts for teachers' salaries and retirement, textbooks, and building maintenance, has been fully funded only twice since it passed the legislature in 1997.


The New York City Leadership Academy has designed an internal review process that districts can use to judge the strengths and weaknesses of coaching and mentoring programs for principals.


The seven districts—including Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Sanger, and Santa Ana Unified School Districts—have work to do on their accountability system as well as teacher and principal evaluation guidelines.


The new Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards, which heavily emphasize instructional leadership, community and family engagement, and cultural awareness were revised using empirical research on school leadership and the experience of practitioners, including principals and superintendents.


John Deasy, under scrutiny for his own communications with technology companies, has filed a public records request seeking information about school board members' correspondence with vendors.


After a very public spat that dragged on through much of the winter, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has agreed to provide space for four charter schools in district-run schools. Under the law, the district can either provide the space for charter schools or pay for the charter schools to use private space.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is partnering with regional philanthropies to fund efforts that support African American, Latino, and Native American boys and young men living in the South and Southwest.


The state's takeover of the struggling St. Louis-area district was meant to staunch the flow of students to other districts, but a local court ruling is allowing the transfers to continue.


Parents Unified for Local School Education New Jersey is calling for community-driven schools and opposes the One Newark reorganization plan.


The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics will hold roundtables on parental engagement, early learning and Hispanic achievement in the school district. The "Back-to-School" tour stops in three counties in Arkansas and Georgia that have seen their Hispanic student population increase by more than 150 percent since 2000, according to the U.S. Department of Education.


Mayor Martin J. Walsh will task a new citywide education czar to coordinate school improvement efforts across public schools, charter schools, parochial and private schools, as well as higher education.


Philly school news roundup: No schools made the list of those considered persistently dangerous; the family of a 12-year-old girl who died after falling ill at school last year sues the district; and the district offers free lunch and breakfast to all students.


The 13,000-student district regains "provisional" accreditation with three straight years of growth on academic measures.


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