This is the second straight year in which the number of schools failing to receive accreditation increased, a slide that began after the state enacted tougher assessments.
The school districts are asking the state to pay them about $134 million, funds they say are owed to them under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The program, which provides money to poorer districts for teachers' salaries and retirement, textbooks, and building maintenance, has been fully funded only twice since it passed the legislature in 1997.
The New York City Leadership Academy has designed an internal review process that districts can use to judge the strengths and weaknesses of coaching and mentoring programs for principals.
The seven districts—including Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Sanger, and Santa Ana Unified School Districts—have work to do on their accountability system as well as teacher and principal evaluation guidelines.
The new Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards, which heavily emphasize instructional leadership, community and family engagement, and cultural awareness were revised using empirical research on school leadership and the experience of practitioners, including principals and superintendents.
John Deasy, under scrutiny for his own communications with technology companies, has filed a public records request seeking information about school board members' correspondence with vendors.
After a very public spat that dragged on through much of the winter, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has agreed to provide space for four charter schools in district-run schools. Under the law, the district can either provide the space for charter schools or pay for the charter schools to use private space.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is partnering with regional philanthropies to fund efforts that support African American, Latino, and Native American boys and young men living in the South and Southwest.
The state's takeover of the struggling St. Louis-area district was meant to staunch the flow of students to other districts, but a local court ruling is allowing the transfers to continue.
Parents Unified for Local School Education New Jersey is calling for community-driven schools and opposes the One Newark reorganization plan.