Mayor Bloomberg broached the topic at a meeting a few weeks ago, said chancellor pick Cathie Black.

The chancellor is leaving the district to join the media conglomerate founded by Rupert Murdoch.

A new study finds that the educational attainment of young black American males lags behind their peers in almost every indicator.

Today is my last day as a reporter for Education Week and this is my last post for this space. I'm joining the team at CommunicationWorks, an education-focused public-affairs firm here in Washington. When Lesli and I started this blog in August 2009, we wrote: "We want to take you out of the navel-gazing worlds of Washington and state houses and into the nation's school districts, where education policy intersects with rough-and-tumble politics and real students." I hope we've been successful in this mission, and thanks to all of you for your e-mails, calls and tweets hipping us to what ...

Ron Huberman, Chicago's schools chief since January 2009, is leaving his job at the end of the month.

If your children are illegally attending San Francisco schools instead of schools in your assigned district, the school district has a message for you: Get out now or pay the consequences. School officials in San Fran have been on a campaign the last seven months to rid the district of people gaming the system to get their kids in preferred schools, denying city residents the chance to use the schools that they pay for through taxes, reports the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. "We are knocking on doors if need be," said Archie Fokin, director of the district's Educational Placement Center, ...

What does it look like to turn around a high school in a neglected and isolated part of town? How does a staff of teachers and administrators show students they are cared for and haven't been forgotten, while pushing them hard in a bid to improve lagging test scores? I set out in my story posted this morning to capture a slice of this tricky balance at work at The Academy @ Shawnee, a high-school in Louisville, Ky., that carries a distinction it soon hopes to shed: Shawnee is one of Kentucky's 10 worst-performing schools. I experienced a strong cognitive dissonance ...

District of Columbia Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee announced this morning that she is resigning after three and a half years in the job.

District of Columbia Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is expected to announce on Wednesday on that she's resigning at the end of the month.

Remember all the fanfare less than two weeks ago about the $100 million deal Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Gov. Chris Christie made with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg? Well, it seems they should have consulted a copy of the state's education law before hopping on Oprah's couch for the big unveil. In a new blog post on State EdWatch, my colleague Catherine Gewertz reports that the deal, which includes Booker having more control over Newark's schools, may not be legal. Catherine reports: When we wrote our story about the Newark dustup, the state education department stayed pointedly silent, ...

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