In a column printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, the Education Secretary says the nation should be embarrassed that the quality of children's public education is largely dependent on where they live and their parents' incomes.
A local judge is hearing arguments on whether the state can appoint a receiver for the financially-strapped district which could become the first in Pennsylvania to have all of its schools turned over to a for-profit charter school operator.
New research shows that 14 percent of freshmen in the city school system are expected to earn a four-year degree by the age of 25, up from 8 percent in 2006.
The findings show that while 98 percent of the participating organizations support diversity, only 33 percent describe it as a core value and even fewer have a clear definition of what it means.
The vote this week by the state's Board of Education gets rid of a state requirement and leaves decisions about staffing in those areas up to the local school districts.
With the suburbs around Hartford growing increasingly segregated, school officials are struggling to ensure that more students are attending school in a racially integrated setting.
The nine-year deal will offer financial incentives to principals who take assignments in struggling schools and provide bonuses to principals who coach and advise their peers.
The judge suggested a compromise in the ninth week of the trial of 12 former Atlanta educators who are accused of inflating students' scores and covering up the cheating on state tests.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals says that "Value-Added Measurements" should not be used to make decisions regarding retention, firing and compensation for principals and teachers.
The Council of the Great City Schools said the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case is not just about the local police and community, but more broadly "about how America's institutions, including our schools, respect the rights, well-being and futures of all our young people."