Detroit's public school system is tearing down 10 vacant schools this spring and summer in an effort to help clean up neighborhoods and reduce crime.

Newark, N.J.'s schools have partnered with a national union to develop "data rooms" that will help teachers focus on continuous improvement.

The Obama Administration's regulations for turning around low-performing schools, embedded in federal school-improvement grants, could force the firing of principals making progress in those schools and make recruiting turnaround leaders even harder, urban superintendents told U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at a Sunday luncheon. Each of the options the Education Department gives school districts under the regulations requires replacing the principal if that principal has been at a school in the bottom 5 percent of performance for more than two years. San Francisco schools superintendent Carlos Garcia voiced the frustrations of many in the room, asking Duncan why ...

Friday is here again as a welcome friend. Here's some of the district news you may have missed this week: The Memphis city school district wants its own police force, but the Memphis police chief doesn't think it should happen. The two sides shared their perspectives before legislative committees in Nashville this week. The district has been looking at this issue off and on since at least 2007. Speaking of Memphis, St. Patrick's Day pinches got two middle school boys suspended. Class sizes of 37 students may come to Chicago schools because of $700 million in potential budget cuts, schools ...

The Philadelphia school district may begin using a weighted-student funding formula in its schools.

A plan for Detroit's public schools seeks to dramatically accelerate the performance of students in what has been called the nation's worst school district.

Education news and views from around the nation.

All schools in the Minneapolis school district are on lockdown for a second day after a threat was received Wednesday that someone would shoot at an unspecified school in the city and then shoot himself.

Nearly half the public schools in Kansas City, Mo., will close, and $50 million will be slashed from the budget, if the board OKs a plan aimed at right-sizing the district.

This week proved a busy one for the nation's school districts, and next brings more big decisions on the horizon.

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