About 300 test samples were taken in 30 buildings, and lead levels exceeding federal guidelines were found in 59 samples, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said.
The districts in Clark County, Nev.; Denver, Fort Worth, Texas; Guilford County; N.C.; Milwaukee; and Shelby County, Tenn., will be part of the specially collected NAEP results in select urban districts.
Alycia Meriweather will oversee all academics in Detroit, historically one of the nation's lowest performing. A former middle school science teacher, Meriweather began her career in the district 20 years ago.
The district's decision to unilaterally furlough employees for three days "all but assures" that teachers will walk off the job on April 1, the union says.
Darnell Earley faced mounting criticism in the role, with teachers staging coordinated sick-outs in December and January to protest the district's decaying buildings, large class sizes, and declining pay and benefits.
A bill that would allow Chicagoans to elect local school board members passed the Illinois House of Representatives on Thursday by a 110-4 vote.
In January, two black students launched a social media campaign to bring attention to their complaints of racism at Boston Latin School, which they said were ignored by administrators.
The money will open more Head Start classrooms,provide transportation for families who need to visit doctors, and add more parent education activities and staff training relevant to lead poisoning.
A new report from Teachers College, Columbia University suggests that more communities are paying attention to cross-sector partnerships in their education improvement efforts.
Chicago Public Schools continues to struggle with financial shortfalls, and has outlined a new round of spending cuts that will include layoffs of a small number of teachers.