Chicago District Makes $634 Million Pension Payment, But at a Cost: 1,400 Jobs

The cash-strapped district had sought an extension from the state to make the payments, arguing that it could not do so in full without impacting the classrooms.


Principals' Convention to Focus on Leadership, Achievement, and Culture

The annual convention of elementary and middle school principals in Long Beach, Calif., focuses on empowering principals to tackle key challenges of the job.


Kansas City Schools Move Toward Accreditation

If the district is successful, they'll have to take the final step without outgoing Superintendent R. Stephen Green, who has steered the district from "the brink of state takeover."


Newark to Regain Local Control of Its Schools

Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced that after 20 years under state control, the city's public schools will return to local governance by the end of the next academic year.


Kansas Court Rules Portions of State's New Funding Law Unconstitutional

After Gov. Sam Brownback approved changing to the state's per-pupil K-12 funding formula to a block-grant funding mechanism, some school districts headed to court to block the law.


Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Vetoes Student Transfer Bill

This is the second year in a row that the Democratic governor has vetoed an attempt to fix the state's school transfer bill. He said the bill doesn't address the problems the law had created.


St. Louis-Area School and Community Leaders Highlight Inequities for Clinton

Tiffany Anderson, the superintendent in Jennings, Mo., appeared with other local leaders to talk frankly with the Democratic presidential candidate about racial and socioeconomic issues in their communities.


Chicago Public School District Owes $634 Million in Pension Funds. Can It Pay?

The district is strapped for cash, faces a $1.1 billion deficit, and may be unable to make its full $634 million pension payment due by the end of June.


Report Criticizes Walton Foundation Support for Charter School Expansion

The American Federation of Teachers and In the Public Interest argue that the Walton Family Foundation's ideology has led to rapid expansion of a charter sector that lacks transparency and accountability and is undermining traditional public schools.


St. Louis-Area School Systems Band Together to Help Unaccredited Districts

The group of 22 school districts will work to help Normandy Schools Collaborative and Riverview Gardens school districts regain firm academic and financial footing.


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