Oakland, Calif., Effort for Black Males Should Be a National Model, Study Says

The first independent analysis of Oakland, Calif., school district's initiative to support boys of color found that students enrolled in the program had better grades and school attendance rates and fewer suspensions than their peers.


N.Y.C. Charters Hold Onto Special-Needs Students at Better Rates, Study Finds

The city's Independent Budget Office found that students with disabilities who attended charter schools were more likely to stay in their schools for four years than similar students in regular district schools.


Longer School Days Coming for Boston Elementary, Middle School Students

City and school leaders hope the extra time will boost student academic performance, especially in the city's lowest-performing schools.


Arkansas State Board Takes Over Little Rock School District

State education officials voted to immediately dissolve the city's elected board but to keep local superintendent on an "interim" basis.


School Districts' Per-Pupil Spending Declines for Second Straight Year

Data from the National Center for Education Statistics show that in fiscal year 2012 the median per-pupil spending by local school districts declined by 2.5 percent.


Ann Clark Named New Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Former Superintendent Heath Morrison resigned last year to care for his ailing mother, he said, but his departure came just days after an internal report recommended his termination.


New York City Chancellor Overhauls Principal Support System

The chancellor will replace the Bloomberg-era networks, which were run by independent organizations, with regional centers that superintendents will oversee.


Philly Teachers' Union Says Ruling Against District a Victory for Collective Bargaining

A Pennsylvania judge ruled on Thursday that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission does not have authority to unilaterally change the teachers'union contract and impose new terms.


Fired Florida School Chief Still a Finalist for National Superintendent of the Year

MaryEllen Elia, the schools chief in Hillsborough County, Fla., was fired by the school board this week, days after she appeared in Washington as one of four finalists for national superintendent of the year.


Judge Rules Philadelphia Can't Cancel Teachers' Union Contract

The teachers' union sued the district after it abruptly canceled the collective bargaining agreement last October and mandated that union members pay toward their health care costs.


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