The struggling school system is now under an improvement plan that includes partnerships with high-performing charter schools.
Flat tax revenues and no increase in state funding means that Pennsylvania districts will have to continue to reduce services for students, according to a study by Pennsylvania education organizations.
The review of Carol R. Johnson, who has led the district since 2007, is in contrast to more favorable reviews she received earlier in her tenure as Boston superintendent.
The U.S. News and World Report "Best High Schools" rankings use federal data in part to evaluate schools, but some of that information has been shown to be inaccurate.
The president told the graduating seniors in the tornado-devastated town that their rebuilding efforts revealed the power of community.
Paul G. Vallas, who is currently the interim superintendent in Bridgeport, Conn., says a recent contract to work with low-performing schools in Illinois should not distract him from his current position.
The U.S. News and World Report rankings of the nation's best high schools used faulty state and federal information in its calculations for at least one school, officials acknowledged.
Evaluation systems in the state tend to have just two or three categories, and are used more often to guide retention decisions than professional development, according to a survey from the San-Francisco based research group WestEd.
The guide, released by a federally-funded resource center, is intended to help state and district facilitators create or revamp their process for measuring the effectiveness of school leaders.
The law, which required unaccredited districts to pay tuition and transportation costs for students who wanted to depart for neighboring accredited districts, places an unfair burden on taxpayers, a judge ruled.