Corey Mitchell, who most recently worked as a Washington correspondent for the Star Tribune, will be covering school district news, trends, and education leadership issues.
One New Jersey high school has canceled midterms and final exams in an effort to cut back on the time students spend taking tests.
At least four school districts in and around Ferguson, Mo., were expected to close on Tuesday in the wake of the grand jury's decision not indict the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
One teacher testified that she was fired for telling state investigators about the cheating that was happening.
The superintendent of the Jennings, Mo., School District, Tiffany Anderson, said the decision to close schools was based on concern over "heightened anxiety" in area.
The award to victims settles about 150 legal claims from former students who had been subjected to lewd acts by 3rd-grade teacher.
Fifteen of the 36 schools that are eligible this year to return to the Orleans Parish School Board, which ran the city's schools before Hurricane Katrina, have voted against doing so. More boards will make the decision by the end of the year.
The districts will get 24-hour notice if the decision is released on a weekend and three-hour notice if it is released on a weekday.
The ruling brings a 21-year-old legal battle over school funding to an end and orders state lawmakers and school districts to craft an agreement on South Carolina's K-12 funding formula.
The Montgomery County, Md., school district scrapped references to religious holidays from its school calendar after repeated requests to close schools on Muslim holidays.