The 12 defendants include former teachers, principals, administrators, and testing coordinators. The trial is expected to last at least three months.
The four teachers—who had not been named—will be paid one year's salary as part of the package. They also get to walk away with a clean record for not challenging their firings. The cheating investigation started after students at Jefferson Elementary School posted double-digit gains on state exams.
The district lost its accreditation in 2012 after test scores plummeted. While test scores remain low, the state education commissioner cited improvements in recommending that the district be awarded provisional accreditation.
The $265 million is essentially an advance on money the district was already scheduled to receive during the year. Even so, schools Superintendent William Hite gave no assurances that schools will open on time and renewed his call for state legislators to pass the $2-per-pack cigarette tax to plug the funding gap.
Superintendent John Deasy issues a personal appeal to district leaders to keep tabs on one struggling student at risk of dropping out.
A decade after Katrina, a new report points to significant academic growth and more collaboration among the different New Orleans public school systems. But it also raises concerns about sustaining student-performance gains and possible fallout from political disagreements at the local and state levels.
Memphis-area suburban communities moved to form their own school districts in the wake of the merger of the Shelby County, Tenn., district with the financially-strapped city school system in 2011.
The former District of Columbia schools chancellor returns to the Sacramento charter school organization known as St. Hope Public Schools.
Washoe County Superintendent Pedro Martinez is suing the school board and district after he was unexpectedly fired last month and then told to return to the job a week later.
At least 60 former and current administrators have received subpoenas in connection to the district's attendance-rigging scandal.