The coordinated "sickouts," where teachers call out sick en masse, began in November as teachers continue to voice their displeasure with pay, benefits, and class sizes.
A state budget impasse has forced school districts to borrow nearly $1 billion since last July.
Research has tied low levels of lead in blood to learning disabilities, poor classroom performance, impaired growth, and even hearing loss.
A new report brief from the New York City's Independent Budget Office says that students who attended schools that were being phased-out were more likely to graduate with a local diploma, which is less rigorous than the state's Regents diploma.
The survey also reveals that most superintendents believe that measuring the success of schools should include factors such as student engagement and student hope.
A report by the North Carolina state auditor says that Joseph Davis misspent or did not provide the necessary documentation to support thousands of dollars in expenditures while serving as superintendent of Washington County Schools.
Race, education disparities, school-leader standards, and criminal proceedings (in Atlanta and Chicago) were among the top stories on the District Dossier blog.
Some of the most challenged school districts in the St. Louis region have started chess clubs with the help of local companies and some tutoring from the first African-American to become an international grandmaster.
A state legislative audit, released this week, said that the Recovery School District has not adequately kept track of thousands of dollars worth of items purchased with public money.
Sergio Paez was chosen to lead the Minneapolis Public Schools two days before a Massachusetts advocacy group published a report alleging that special education students had been mistreated at a school in the Holyoke district where he was superintendent.