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The Detroit school system, under state oversight since March 2009, has lost tens of thousands of students, closed dozens of schools and struggled with persistent budget deficits. "Emergency management has clearly failed" our schools, Mayor Mike Duggan said.


In his State of the State address earlier this year, Gov. Brian Sandoval said he supported breaking up large county school districts and consolidating smaller ones.


In Clark County, Nev., two principals with a record of success will run a second school as part of a "franchise," to share best practices and develop a leadership pipeline.


The leaders of the District of Columbia office of the state superintendent of education said her staff is working to beef up security measures after releasing the private data, including names, birth dates, and disciplinary records.


The $2.89 billion lump sum budget proposed for the 2016 fiscal year still relies heavily on state and city funds that are still pending.


If approved, Holyoke would become the second district in Massachusetts to be run by the state. The education commissioner, who recommended the takeover, said he felt a real sense of "urgency" to act now.


David Meckley, who was appointed receiver on Dec. 26, resigned this month. Meckley wanted to turn all of the schools into charters, a move opposed by new Gov. Tom Wolf.


The seven districts allege that the state is not complying with the basic education formula and that discrepancies have shifted the financial burden to local school districts and schools.


Ms. McKenzie led the district from 1981 to 1988 and was one of the longest serving superintendents in the city's history.


The decreases come as teachers and students report feeling safer in the city's schools, according to the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.


Jurors must decide if 12 former district employees were part of a vast criminal conspiracy, committed lesser felonies, or were merely pawns in a scheme masterminded by their former bosses and supervisors.


Valeria Silva has worked in the district since 1987 and served as superintendent since 2009.


The school board in Texas' sixth largest school district has "some issues they need to work through before resuming the search," a school spokesman said.


The report also shows that most urban charter and district schools are serving equal numbers of English language learners as well as students in poverty and special education.


After meeting with leaders from a dozen of the nation's largest school districts, the president also said there would be a "major debate" if a Republican budget did not reflect investment in the programs that are leading to improvements in urban schools.


Among the topics for discussion, the rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act, early childhood education, assessments, college and career ready standards, and the My Brother's Keeper program.


Tommy Chang, a high-level administrator from the Los Angeles Unified School District, will be paid $257,000 annually.


After Hurricane Katrina prompted the evacuation of the city and shut down schools in 2005, the employees went to court to try and thwart wholesale dismissals as the state of Louisiana moved to take over most New Orleans public schools.


Louisiana Superintendent John White will take over as the group's new chairman.


More than $300 million has been donated by foundations and corporations to boost the My Brother's Keeper-aligned initiatives, along with pledges of support from nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives.


Gov. Nathan Deal proposed a constitutional amendment to create an "Opportunity School District," which will give the state power to take over chronically low-performing schools.


The fast-growing Clark County district, which includes Las Vegas, has seven "shovel-ready" projects on tap, with 12 school scheduled to open in 2017 and plans to make additions to 40 other schools.


As of last summer, the school system had outstanding debt and long-term obligations of more than $2.2 billion


The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship, which provides low-income students with up to $12,000 for use at private schools, has been a pet project of Speaker of the House John Boehner.


Earning the seal could open the door for college scholarships, internships, and jobs that require proficiency in a second language, educators say.


Muslim families in New York City have been lobbying for the change through several administrations.


The city's education officials chose Tommy Chang, an instructional superintendent in the Los Angeles Unified School District, from a field of four finalists.


The Democrat's proposed budget would restore the estimated $1 billion in education cuts made in the previous administration, and all school districts will receive more money.


Hall, a former national superintendent of the year, was widely lauded for strong gains in Atlanta until a cheating scandal tarnished that legacy.


The district faced more than $1 billion in federal and state cuts if it did not offer the test districtwide, and the state of Illinois threatened to pull its designation as a district.


The move comes nearly two weeks after the commission approved five of 39 applications for new charter schools. The governor wanted all the applications denied.


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