The finalists for the 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education were announced this morning. The Broad Prize is the largest award in the nation for urban school districts.


With the school board election in Kansas City just days away, some are >wondering if the slate of board members to be voted on Tuesday will mean a reversal of the major transformations underway.


A former top aide to Arne Duncan has resigned over a scandal involving VIP access to the Chicago's top high schools.


NYC has to go back to the drawing board, after a judge says the district violated state law in closing 19 schools without real community participation.


A look at news and views from the nation's school districts.


The education secretary's role in students gaining access to selective Chicago high schools has been questioned.


Detroit's public school system is tearing down 10 vacant schools this spring and summer in an effort to help clean up neighborhoods and reduce crime.


Newark, N.J.'s schools have partnered with a national union to develop "data rooms" that will help teachers focus on continuous improvement.


The Obama Administration's regulations for turning around low-performing schools, embedded in federal school-improvement grants, could force the firing of principals making progress in those schools and make recruiting turnaround leaders even harder, urban superintendents told U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at a Sunday luncheon. Each of the options the Education Department gives school districts under the regulations requires replacing the principal if that principal has been at a school in the bottom 5 percent of performance for more than two years. San Francisco schools superintendent Carlos Garcia voiced the frustrations of many in the room, asking Duncan why ...


Friday is here again as a welcome friend. Here's some of the district news you may have missed this week: The Memphis city school district wants its own police force, but the Memphis police chief doesn't think it should happen. The two sides shared their perspectives before legislative committees in Nashville this week. The district has been looking at this issue off and on since at least 2007. Speaking of Memphis, St. Patrick's Day pinches got two middle school boys suspended. Class sizes of 37 students may come to Chicago schools because of $700 million in potential budget cuts, schools ...


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