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In Sheff v. O'Neill, which was filed in 1989, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that the state must take action to integrate schools and reduce racial isolation.


A probe revealed that hundreds of students received credit for courses they hadn't taken or repeatedly took the same course despite passing each time.


The initiative will join a growing number of specialized training programs that aim to help prepare school leaders to manage the complex demands of running school systems.


Philip Lanoue has led the 13,000-student Clarke County school system since 2009.


Anderson and the state signed a three-year contract last year, but it required both parties to agree to an extension each year.


Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who was backed by the Chicago Teachers Union and ran a campaign largely focused on education, garnered nearly 34 percent of the vote.


The Los Angeles Unified district doesn't have the money to continue with plans to provide all students with a tech device, superintendent Ramon Cortines said.


The American Civil Liberties Union says it applauds the district's effort to improve academic and career outcomes for boys of color, but it questioned whether an all-male prep school was the most effective way to do so.


The district would need to add 3,862 opportunities for female student-athletes to be in compliance with Title IX, according to the Department of Education's office for civil rights.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first term included a teachers' union strike and the closure of nearly 50 schools, but graduation rates rose to record-highs under his watch, ACT scores climbed, and full-day kindergarten was expanded.


The district says the court "misinterpreted and misapplied" the law in ruling that the district could not arbitrarily cancel the teachers' union contract.


The three board members, along with a resident, request that the court grant a restraining order and preliminary injunction against the state to reverse the takeover.


A new report from the Collaborative for Justice and Equity in Education recommends an elected school board for the city that would prioritize "equitable educational opportunities and outcomes" in its decisionmaking.


Former schools chief Winston Brooks, who left the district last summer with a $350,000 buyout, wants the school system to pay for remarks he felt were disparaging.


The city became the latest battleground over charter school expansion when it accepted 40 applications to open new schools for the first time in seven years.


Improving the lives of boys of color has emerged as an urgent public policy issue in the last couple of years, most recently evidenced by President Barack Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative.


Broward County Public Schools is hoping to use a $3.3 million grant to attract an out-of-state charter operator with experience working in poor communities.


Under a measure approved by Missouri's Senate education committee this week, students from "unaccredited" schools could transfer to "accredited" schools in the district or, if no seats are available, attend charter or virtual schools.


Meanwhile, school board members in the Fort Worth, Texas, and Ferguson, Mo., school districts make plans to hire new school chiefs.


A report released by the Schott Foundation for Public Education called for more action to address the disparity in graduation rates, academic achievement, and other factors such as out-of-school suspensions in the nation's public schools.


The local elected official is concerned that the initiative which focuses on improving outcomes for boys of color may run afoul of federal law because it does not include girls.


We look at the possible roll-back of four-day school week in Minnesota, dispute over the cost of charter expansion in Philadelphia, and supporting high-achieving, low-income students.


State law caps severance payments at 18 months, but many districts are now using the 18-month cap as the norm.


Efforts started under former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2011 aim to address challenges faced by young black and Latino men, including in the areas of literacy and graduation rates.


A report by an education advocacy group last month said that approving 40 new charter schools (the number has since declined to 39) could hike the district's charter payments to more than $1 billion annually.


The Lawrence, Kan., school system initiative aims to address the problem of male students graduating at lower rates than female students.


The foundation said that it will reassess the prize given how urban education has changed in the last 13 years, but it was also disappointed with the "sluggish" performance in urban schools.


The proposal comes after the state board of education voted to take over Little Rock's schools.


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