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May 01, 2015

Big-City Districts Buoyed by Obama's Extension of 'My Brother's Keeper'

Michael Casserly, the executive director of the Council of the Great City School, said the proposed new foundation will help sustain the council's efforts on equity and access in its districts after Mr. Obama leaves the White House.

March 17, 2015

President Obama and Urban School Leaders Discuss NCLB and Budget

After meeting with leaders from a dozen of the nation's largest school districts, the president also said there would be a "major debate" if a Republican budget did not reflect investment in the programs that are leading to improvements in urban schools.

March 09, 2015

'My Brother's Keeper' First-Year Report Highlights Focus on Minority Males

More than $300 million has been donated by foundations and corporations to boost the My Brother's Keeper-aligned initiatives, along with pledges of support from nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives.

February 24, 2015

Feds Order N.Y.C. Public Schools to Add More Sports for Girls

The district would need to add 3,862 opportunities for female student-athletes to be in compliance with Title IX, according to the Department of Education's office for civil rights.

December 31, 2014

Top District Stories in 2014: Spending, Testing, Principals, and Ferguson

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.

December 18, 2014

Ferguson School Board Elections Unfair to Black Candidates, Lawsuit Alleges

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."

December 08, 2014

Changes Coming to Connecticut's School Desegregation Settlement

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.

November 13, 2014

S.C. Supreme Court Rules For Poor, Rural Districts in Equity Lawsuit

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.

November 11, 2014

Minneapolis Will Review Suspension of Every Minority Student

The new policy comes as the district approved an agreement with federal civil rights officials to drive down disproportionate rates of discipline between minority students and their white peers.

October 01, 2014

Federal Civil Rights Officials: Districts Must Ensure Equal Access to Resources

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is putting school districts and states on notice that the office for civil rights will investigate those that aren't doing enough to ensure equal access on everything from high-quality facilities to Advanced Placement courses.

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