My colleague Steve Sawchuk has some news up you should check out on the Teacher Beat blog about the latest chapters with the D.C. teacher contract and the Central Falls, R.I. teacher firings. Things are far from happy in either place right now. Speaking of Rhode Island, Deborah Gist, the state's ed commissioner (who held the same job in D.C.), was named one of the Time 100 for this year. You can read up on her in a guest post I did on Lesli's State EdWatch blog....

Foundation support for D.C. teacher contract could be in trouble if Michelle Rhee leaves

Chicago's No. 2 schools official is leaving for a superintendency in a small Michigan district.

"Waiting for Superman" tackles America's public education system and the roadblocks "the system" places in the way of kids who would otherwise thrive.

Middle and high school students take a vow of silence for a day to shine a light on the bullying of students based on their sexual identity or orientation.

School administrators are unhappy with federal turnaround regulations.

Budget cuts are leading school districts to consider shorter years and shorter school weeks.

As funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dries up and state and local budgets take a free-fall, school districts are feeling the economic pressure even more.

The new school board to be seated next week in Kansas City, Mo., strongly supports the transformation plans of Superintendent John. W. Covington.

Another week chock-full of news and views related to the nation's school districts. Check out this amazing story on a $57 million scam that a former Detroit schools executive is accused of carrying out. The FBI is investigating, and the district has sued the former risk management director for his alleged leadership of the scam. School districts are trying to figure out how to maintain socioeconomic and racial diversity without running into legal landmines. Five school districts received bragging rights yesterday when they were named Broad Prize finalists. Hawaii, which has a statewide school district, will end Friday furloughs agreed ...

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