Felton Williams will lead the policymaking body of the national coalition representing 70 of the nation's largest urban public school systems.
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Anthony Hamlet's hiring had been on hold after claims arose that he overstated the academic turnaround at the Palm Beach, Fla., schools where he once served as principal.
"Simply put, I am ready to take on new challenges," Henderson wrote in the letter to parents and community members. She leaves the job Sept. 30.
Michael Contompasis, a 1957 graduate of Boston Latin School, served as headmaster of the school from 1976 to 1998 and later as district superintendent from 2005 to 2007.
DeRay Mckesson left his career in education in 2014 amid the unrest in Fergsuon, Mo., after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was fatally shot by a white police officer.
Valeria Silva will depart the superintendent job on July 15, but will continue to serve as a consultant to the district. Her separation package is worth nearly $800,000 in salary and benefits.
The package of bills will help Detroit schools pay off $467 million in operating debt and provide $150 million in start-up funding for a new debt-free district.
For the first time, the federal civil rights data released by the Department of Education included information on the number of hours and days that students in juvenile facilities have access to educational programs. Advocates want more.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wanted a three-year extension, but New York state Senate Republicans offered a one-year deal.
The district started voluntary lead testing in April, and, so far, has found elevated lead levels at fixtures, such as sinks and drinking water fountains, at 23 schools.
Anthony Hamlet, a former NFL player and school administrator in the Palm Beach, Fla., school district, was chosen as Pittsburgh's superintendent last month, and now questions have surfaced about his résumé.
The city plans a number of new efforts to increase the number of black and Latino students who attend selective enrollment high schools.
The set of bills would pay off the district's debt and return control of the Detroit schools to a locally elected school board in January. Despite the changes, Detroit's mayor and teacher union leaders oppose the plan.
The site with more than 50 million users aims to make information on student access to educational opportunity more accessible for parents.
In a new survey, 85 percent of Pennsylvania school districts said they planned to raise taxes for the next school year, and a majority said that the $200 million in new education funding will not be enough to restore cuts made in recent years.
Chicago Public Schools' parents, teachers, principals, and volunteers launched the hashtag #NotAPrison to push back against Gov. Rauner's comments that some of the city's schools were "basically almost crumbling prisons" and not places where young people should be educated.
Fifteen superintendents wrote to Gov. Rauner on June 6, accusing him of playing politics with education funding and warning that the majority of school districts will not be able to open in the fall without changes to state funding.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is seeking a three-year extension to retain control of New York City's schools. A state Senate bill proposes a one-year extension, with an "education inspector" to provide oversight.
New Leaders' new book, Breakthrough Principals: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Stronger Schools, lays out the practices of high-performing school leaders and provides a framework and action steps for other principals to improve their schools.
With the district expected to run out of money by the end of June, the clock is ticking on the deadline for a new deal. The Republican-controlled Senate could vote on the package as early as next week.
A database obtained by the Williamette Week indicates that 47 district buildings—more than half—had lead levels that exceeded national guidelines.
The state of Illinois ended the fiscal year without passing a budget, and school districts across the state are wondering what happens next.