February 2016 Archives

Chicago Public Schools continues to struggle with financial shortfalls, and has outlined a new round of spending cuts that will include layoffs of a small number of teachers.


Judges praised Holly Ripley for helping lead her 1,400-student school through frequent principal turnover and an enrollment spike caused by the oil boom in North Dakota.


The Detroit schools filed the lawsuit in January against teachers, grassroots groups, and the union, seeking an injunction to stop the sickouts that have closed dozens of schools over the past two months.


This year, Education Week has selected 13 leaders from a diverse array of districts as our 2016 Leaders to Learn From.


City inspectors began inspecting all city schools after protests by teachers and parents about problems including rodents, water leaks, mold, broken glass, and busted heating systems.


The State Board of Education sent letters to Chicago school district officials this week seeking financial information, including documents pertaining to major contracts, financial projections, and debt schedules.


Ken Huewitt will lead the district while the school board continues its search for a permanent replacement for outgoing Superintendent Terry Grier, who is stepping down Feb. 29.


The Alliance for Quality Education and The Public Policy and Education Fund of New York is calling for an increase in state education funding in 2016. The groups released a report arguing that the funding gap between poorer and wealthier districts disadvantages poorer students.


The ruling could ultimately affect how the city manages school closings, teacher contracts, and decisions on charter schools.


Carla Santorno, the superintendent of Tacoma, Wash., schools, and Aimee Rainey, the principal of Florence City Middle School in Alabama, were honored with the Women in School Leadership Award at the annual gathering of school superintendents in Phoenix, Ariz.


Thomas Tucker is the superintendent of Princeton City Schools in suburban Cincinnati, and was one of four finalists for the award.


Teachers have cited the conditions at Spain Elementary-Middle and other Detroit schools as the motivating force behind several sickouts earlier this school year.


The AASA, the School Superintendents Association, kicks off its annual conference in Phoenix with sessions exploring the common standards, education equity, technology innovation, student well-being, and instructional leadership.


Superintendent Bilal Tawwab shares stories about "the constant stress over unsafe water that disrupts the life of a community that already faces a multitude of challenges."


The National Association of Secondary School Principals and McKinsey Academy, an arm of the global management-consulting firm, have joined forces to launch a series of executive courses for principals and other school leaders.


On Feb. 9, Education Week is asking principals to use the hashtag #APrincipalsDay on Twitter and Instagram to share snapshots that capture their experiences as school leaders.


The financially strapped school district has begun using money budgeted for other departments to fix the most urgent building problems.


Lisa Epstein, a principal at Chicago's Richard Henry Lee school, grew up in Flint, Mich., and launched an effort in her school community to collect bottled water for children and families in her hometown.


Philip Lanoue, the AASA Superintendent of the Year, is planning to take the reins in the Fulton County, Ga., schools.


Public assessment of Darnell Earley's job performance has tanked, with groups ranging from the city's teachers union to state lawmakers calling for his ouster.


The Chicago Teachers' Union on Monday said the district offered no guaranteed funds to pay for what it was offering the union and that there was lack of trust between union members and the school district.


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