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Educators from the public, charter, parochial, independent, pilot, and suburban schools that make up the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity have agreed to work together on promising teaching practices.
The Chicago school board is examining how it uses expense accounts.
Charter school operators, UTLA, and a neighboring school district are among prospective managers for some of the city's most troubled schools.
Steve Barr is said to be leaving his chairman of the board post to focus on "national education issues."
The districts say banning minimum-grade policies will make it harder for students to catch up.
Boston Public Schools targets 14 underperforming schools for serious restructuring.
Leslie Jacobs, a former member of the state board of education and the city school board and an architect of the post-Katrina education landscape in the city, will run for mayor.
The students want to leave Fenger High School, which made headlines after one of its students was beaten to death this fall a few blocks away.
The Dallas school district is recovering from overspending that led to teacher layoffs.