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Corey Mitchell, who most recently worked as a Washington correspondent for the Star Tribune, will be covering school district news, trends, and education leadership issues.


One New Jersey high school has canceled midterms and final exams in an effort to cut back on the time students spend taking tests.


At least four school districts in and around Ferguson, Mo., were expected to close on Tuesday in the wake of the grand jury's decision not indict the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.


One teacher testified that she was fired for telling state investigators about the cheating that was happening.


The superintendent of the Jennings, Mo., School District, Tiffany Anderson, said the decision to close schools was based on concern over "heightened anxiety" in area.


The award to victims settles about 150 legal claims from former students who had been subjected to lewd acts by 3rd-grade teacher.


Fifteen of the 36 schools that are eligible this year to return to the Orleans Parish School Board, which ran the city's schools before Hurricane Katrina, have voted against doing so. More boards will make the decision by the end of the year.


The districts will get 24-hour notice if the decision is released on a weekend and three-hour notice if it is released on a weekday.


The ruling brings a 21-year-old legal battle over school funding to an end and orders state lawmakers and school districts to craft an agreement on South Carolina's K-12 funding formula.


The Montgomery County, Md., school district scrapped references to religious holidays from its school calendar after repeated requests to close schools on Muslim holidays.


The National Association of Secondary School Principals released a set of recommendations for federal, state and local school officials that outline concrete steps it says will improve policies and practices to protect student data.


Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue took the witness stand during the Atlanta cheating trial earlier this week, saying that educators in the district must have been collaborating to inflate student performance.


The new policy comes as the district approved an agreement with federal civil rights officials to drive down disproportionate rates of discipline between minority students and their white peers.


Many school superintendents in California are making more than than the governor, and some state lawmakers are criticizing the trend.


The goal of the Education Department's principal shadowing program is to help those who make K-12 policy better understand the real-world impacts on schools and the principals who oversee them.


The lawsuit filed Monday by the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania on behalf of six school districts, seven parents, the Pennsylvania Association of Small and Rural Schools, and state's NAACP, argues that the state has failed to devise a funding mechanism to provide its public school students with a thorough and efficient education.


A decade of gains for Latino students occurred across states and big-city school districts, according to a new analysis of NAEP data from The Child Trends Hispanic Institute.


As the trial gets ready to move into its seventh week, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is expected to take the stand. Perdue called for the state investigation into cheating allegations in Atlanta.


Significant turnover in the top job for big-city districts reversed what had been an uptick in length of service for urban superintendents, according to a new survey by the Council of the Great City Schools.


Philadelphia officials hope a new governor will bring some financial relief, while Washington's new mayor has pledged to keep schools chancellor Kaya Henderson.


The report examines the financial costs to students and districts caused by high rates of principal turnover and ways to improve retention of school leaders.


The plan includes $150 million to convert nearly 100 struggling campuses into community schools that offer extra daily instructional time, additional professional development for teachers and principals, and nonacademic services for students.


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