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The trial focused on a former regional director who allegedly pressured school leaders into correcting students' test answers.


Thomas M. Menino, the popular mayor of Boston who had authority over the city's schools throughout his 20-year tenure, died Oct. 30 of cancer. He was 71.


Experts weighed in on some of the efforts school districts are making to ensure that their buildings, and their instruction, are green.


The Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium is made up of 16 school districts across the country. Earlier this year, the group also called for reduced emphasis on testing.


The Council of the Great City Schools convened a town hall on the current testing regime in public schools, with panelists discussing its impact and what's needed to better assess student learning and the effectiveness of classroom instruction.


The council said that under Grier's leadership, access to Advanced Placement courses increased and more Houston students took the SAT college entrance exam.


In the trial's fourth week of testimony, witnesses recount details of how they changed students' answers on tests to meet both state and district academic targets.


Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago public schools, will ask the U.S. Department of Education to let the district hold off on a full administration of PARCC tests for another year.


The 58th annual conference of the Council of the Great City Schools will tackle the most pressing challenges facing urban school district leaders.


From expanded all-day pre-K programs, extensive community engagement, and a focus on English-language learners, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña are making their mark on New York City education. Still, the administration has taken some criticism for being slow to articulate a turnaround plan for the worst performing schools.


While the union has succeeded in temporarily blocking a requirement that its members contribute to their health benefits, broader questions about the school district's authority to make unilateral changes to employee contracts remain unsettled.


The union, angry over the district's unilateral move to cancel the teachers' contract, is asking for the dispute to be moved to Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas


The hard-charging superintendent is stepping down after an at-times tumultuous run as chief of the nation's second largest school district.


State officials stopped short of saying that cheating occurred at the elementary school, but noted that "significant" changes—including a high number of erasures from incorrect to correct answers—signaled that testing protocols were not followed.


Deasy is credited with raising graduation rates and achievement outcomes for minorities, but in recent months, his leadership has been marred by the fallout of his technology initiatives and low morale among teachers and staff.


New findings show that New York City's "small schools of choice" raise graduation rates and boost college enrollment for economically disadvantaged students.


On the low end, Prince George's County in Maryland spent $10,408 per pupil in the 2011-12 school year, while the District of Columbia's public charter schools spent $18,150 per pupil, according to an analysis of spending data by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.


The move to end the youth anti-smoking program came after criticism from Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who said it would only postpone smoking, not prevent it entirely.


The trial in the nation's largest cheating scandal is now in its third week. A dozen former educators and administrators face felony racketeering charges for their alleged roles in changing students' test scores to inflate performance and qualify for bonuses.


Boston's calling cards: world-class universities, history galore, a sports fan's mecca, and a model of stability in urban education.


A recent study in Texas found that consolidating some of the state's largest school districts would raise the costs of education and decrease student performance.


The district, which has been at the center of a statewide 'data-scrubbing' attendance scandal, rewarded employees in schools that showed steady academic improvement. The gains turned out to be the result of data manipulation.


The standards—updated for the first time in six years—help guide preparation, training, and evaluation for principals, as well as state policy related to school leaders.


Candidates hail from Canada to Florida. The majority have been superintendents, and the group is predominantly male.


A dozen former educators are on trial for what prosecutors say was their role in a large conspiracy to make student achievement look better than it was.


The School Reform Commission cancelled the teachers' union contract on Monday, prompting backlash from some educators and other supporters of the union.


Jayne Ellspermann, a high school principal in Ocala, Fla. who fosters a personalized learning culture and college access for students, is being honored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.


The good news about graduation comes just as the school board is debating whether to keep Superintendent John Deasy at the helm of the nation's second largest district.


The move to make changes to the union's health benefits comes after 21 months of negotiations. Salaries will not be affected by Monday's action.


Some speculate the decision to put off new proposals this fall is related to next year's mayoral election.


The new accountability system, announced by Chancellor Carmen Fariña on Wednesday, ditches the A-F letter grades utilized during the Michael R. Bloomberg era.


The board will decide later this month whether to extend Superintendent John Deasy's contract. Both supporters and detractors think his days at the nation's second-largest school district are numbered.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is putting school districts and states on notice that the office for civil rights will investigate those that aren't doing enough to ensure equal access on everything from high-quality facilities to Advanced Placement courses.


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