Boys of color in the award-winning award schools consistently met or exceeded proficiency on standardized tests in math and English-language arts, often outperforming a majority of their peers statewide.
Robert Avossa, currently superintendent in Fulton County, Ga., will earn a base salary of $325,000 per year when he starts his new job in July.
A Commonwealth Court judge in Pennsylvania reversed a Dec. 26 ruling that appointed David Meckley as receiver of the York district. The ruling had been appealed by the district and the teachers' union and was also opposed by Gov. Tom Wolf.
Tamara Cotman, Sharon Davis-Williams and Michael Pitts were among the convicted educators who turned down plea offers from the district attorney that could have allowed them to avoid prison.
Federal officials are reportedly looking into a $20.5 million contract awarded to a company that once employed Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
The union's call for an elected school board came after news broke that the FBI was investigating a $20.5 million non-competitive bid awarded to SUPES Academy, which formerly employed district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
The probe allegedly centers around a $20.5 million no-bid contract to SUPES Academy, where CPS' CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett once worked, according to local media accounts.
One school, the Girls Academic Leadership Academy, will focus on STEM to increase the number of girls who take those classes and participate in STEM careers.
Almost all the defendants will spend time behind bars, a reality that hit home hard for some in the courtroom. Audible crying and sobbing could be heard as Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter handed down the first of the sentences.
The judge put off sentencing the educators for their roles in a scheme to inflate students' scores on standardized exams; he's urging their defense attorneys to work out sentencing agreements with the district attorney.