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, ...

More urban school leaders could be resigning or retiring in the coming weeks.

Documentaries, cable specials and celebrities are making a full-court effort to tackle bullying.

San Francisco is opening college savings accounts for its kindergartners.

Most sitting superintendents would tell you they believe searches should be closed. Some members of the public, including we pesky reporters, generally disagree. Who's right? You decide, and here's some information that could help. The American Association of School Administrators' magazine, The School Administrator, has a trio of pieces this month that are good reading, not just for school leaders considering a step up to the top rung, but for school board members and members of the media. Terre Davis, a former superintendent herself, runs the Colorado-based TD & Associates. She argues the process should be open to the community. Some ...

The former first lady is announcing a nationwide initiative by the George W. Bush Institute to groom as many as 50,000 principals across the country by 2020.

The spotlight continues to burn brightly on suspected cheating in the Atlanta public school system. Over the weekend, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper reported that federal authorities are looking into whether fraud was committed when test scores were improperly boosted. The district told the AJC it hasn't received any formal requests for information yet. News of a potential federal investigation comes on the heels of an announcement last month by Gov. Sonny Perdue that he was appointing his own special investigators to look into the test-score cheating allegations in Atlanta and in Dougherty County, which includes Albany. The paper's education columnist, ...

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