The questions about spending and financial record keeping of expenses by Minneapolis school officials come at a time when the district is facing a $5 million-plus budget shortfall.
The district's current superintendent, Wayne Gent, said this week that he will not renew his contract when it expires at the end of June. Urban districts that need new leaders include Minneapolis and Albuquerque.
The report by the Center on Reinventing Public Education says some of those procurement processes, while well-meaning, may stifle innovation.
The three-day blitz planned for later this month will engage the community and businesses in devising solutions and new intervention strategies. About 8 percent of Albuquerque's elementary school students have 10 or more unexcused absences in a year.
The New York Daily News reports that the ban on electronic devices could end as early as March. Mayor Bill de Blasio said he planned to end the prohibition when he campaigned for mayor last year.
The Taft Union High School District says the city of Taft had a contract with the district to provide a school resource officer. There was no officer on duty when one student shot another on Jan. 10, 2013.
On Jan. 7, Education Week is hoping to capture "a day in the life of a principal." We're looking for photos from principals from all corners of the U.S.—and even those leading U.S. schools overseas.
Among the most read posts in 2014 were stories about principals and school leadership, a backlash against standardized testing, the fallout from a police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Mo., and school funding issues in Philadelphia.
A tentative agreement between the city, the school district, and the teachers' union could eventually lead to longer school days for more than 20,000 students.
In an order issued Friday, President Judge Stephen P. Linebaugh placed the struggling district in receivership for three years, beginning immediately. The receiver, David Meckley, has proposed that an outside charter management organization run all of the schools.