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September 15, 2014

New School Leaders' Standards Released for Public Comment

The new Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards, which heavily emphasize instructional leadership, community and family engagement, and cultural awareness were revised using empirical research on school leadership and the experience of practitioners, including principals and superintendents.

September 08, 2014

Normandy, Mo. Students Still Seek to Transfer to Other Districts

The state's takeover of the struggling St. Louis-area district was meant to staunch the flow of students to other districts, but a local court ruling is allowing the transfers to continue.

August 27, 2014

Ten Percent Pay Cut Off the Table for Detroit Teachers

The district's emergency manager reversed course after the measure was criticized by both teachers and the state education superintendent. The pay cut was part of the most recent deficit-reduction plan the district submitted to the state.

August 13, 2014

Districts' Budgets Swell to Accommodate a Surge in Non-Teaching Staff

A new report from the Fordham Institute shows that between 1970 and 2010 non-teaching staff—a category that includes teacher aides, counselors, school psychologists, transportation workers, and nurses—grew by 130 percent, with teacher aides leading the pack.

August 04, 2014

Conflict Between Reno Superintendent and School Board Roils District

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.

July 22, 2014

Philadelphia District Invites Educators, Community to Redesign Schools

The School Redesign Initiative will give parents, teachers, educators, and community organizations the opportunity to propose ideas to transform the city's traditional neighborhood public schools.

July 07, 2014

Philadelphia District and Teachers' Union Locked in Dispute Over Seniority

The dispute is taking place amid a growing national debate about teacher tenure rules. The district says it needs flexibility in making hiring and firing decisions, and tenure rules sometimes mean that new, committed teachers are let go in order to keep veteran teachers. The union says the district's policy violates its contract.

July 03, 2014

Advice for Districts on 'Recalibrating' Principals' Roles in Schools

The Center for American Progress' report on principals is the latest to look at the support and resources principals need to do their job well as their responsibilities keep expanding.

June 27, 2014

Three Fellowships Awarded to Create 'Innovation' Public Schools in Indianapolis

The winners of the "Innovation School Fellowship" proposed a Montessori-style K-12 school, a blended learning K-6 school, and another design that heavily focuses on entrepreneurship and student engagement.

June 27, 2014

Chicago Schools to Cut 1,100 Positions; Half Are Teachers

Steadily declining enrollment in the nation's third largest school system has prompted officials there to reduce both teaching and nonteaching staff members.

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