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May 14, 2015

Ratings Agency Downgrades Chicago Schools' Debt

The downgrade reflects the pressures of rising pension obligations following a state supreme court ruling last week that changes to the state's pension law in 2013 were unconstitutional.

April 30, 2015

Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder Creates New 'District' to Oversee Detroit Schools

The current Detroit school board and manager will remain, but will have one responsibility: paying off the district's $483 million debt.

March 27, 2015

Philadelphia's School Budget Seeks to Add Programs After Years of Cuts

The $2.89 billion lump sum budget proposed for the 2016 fiscal year still relies heavily on state and city funds that are still pending.

March 05, 2015

Emergency Manager for Detroit Schools Rolls Out Restructuring Plan

As of last summer, the school system had outstanding debt and long-term obligations of more than $2.2 billion

March 02, 2015

Pennsylvania Governor Appoints New Head of Philly School Commission

The move comes nearly two weeks after the commission approved five of 39 applications for new charter schools. The governor wanted all the applications denied.

February 05, 2015

Philadelphia Education Group Offers $35 Million to Ease Charter Approvals

A report by an education advocacy group last month said that approving 40 new charter schools (the number has since declined to 39) could hike the district's charter payments to more than $1 billion annually.

January 29, 2015

School Districts' Per-Pupil Spending Declines for Second Straight Year

Data from the National Center for Education Statistics show that in fiscal year 2012 the median per-pupil spending by local school districts declined by 2.5 percent.

January 16, 2015

Philadelphia's Per-Pupil Revenue Lags Other Big-City Districts, Report Says

The report by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that per-pupil revenue in Philadelphia in the 2013-14 school year was lower than seven of the 11 big-city districts analyzed.

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 23, 2014

Law Firms File Request on Behalf of Special Ed. Students in York City, Pa. Case

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.

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