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.
A local judge is expected to rule on whether to appoint a receiver to oversee the district, which could lead the district to turn over school operations to a charter-management organization.
Having wrapped up its 11th week, the long-running trial will resume Jan. 5, but the judge told jurors it could run until April.
Citing concerns over technological readiness, LA Superintendent Raymond Cortines has asked the state Superintendent of Public Instruction Thomas Torlakson not to use the district's students' test scores on new Smarter Balanced tests for "high stakes accountability purposes."
The suit claims the state of Michigan and Highland Park school district failed to provide an adequate education for students.
A federal lawsuit filed today by the ACLU alleges that school board elections in Ferguson keep blacks "all but locked out of the political process."
The recently approved federal spending measure includes language that highlights the increasing responsibilities of principals in meeting new mandates and the need for training to accomplish them.
The district has been without a permanent superintendent for two and a half years.