States and districts are moving quickly to turn around the nation's lowest-performing schools.


From guest blogger Stephen Sawchuk After a seven-year hiatus, the popular teacher-training group is returning to Motor City, but the city teachers' union is not happy about it. Why? Because about 2,000 pink slips have gone out there and the new recruits might be in competition with teachers for the slots. Get the full story over at Teacher Beat....


Detroit to demolish 10 vacant school, ridding the city of eyesores.


The proposed new contract for District of Columbia teachers is on hold unless the city finds a way to prove it can pay for the massive salary increases embedded in it.


My colleague Steve Sawchuk has some news up you should check out on the Teacher Beat blog about the latest chapters with the D.C. teacher contract and the Central Falls, R.I. teacher firings. Things are far from happy in either place right now. Speaking of Rhode Island, Deborah Gist, the state's ed commissioner (who held the same job in D.C.), was named one of the Time 100 for this year. You can read up on her in a guest post I did on Lesli's State EdWatch blog....


Foundation support for D.C. teacher contract could be in trouble if Michelle Rhee leaves


Chicago's No. 2 schools official is leaving for a superintendency in a small Michigan district.


"Waiting for Superman" tackles America's public education system and the roadblocks "the system" places in the way of kids who would otherwise thrive.


Middle and high school students take a vow of silence for a day to shine a light on the bullying of students based on their sexual identity or orientation.


School administrators are unhappy with federal turnaround regulations.


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