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June 24, 2015

Chicago Public School District Owes $634 Million in Pension Funds. Can It Pay?

The district is strapped for cash, faces a $1.1 billion deficit, and may be unable to make its full $634 million pension payment due by the end of June.

June 02, 2015

Rahm Emanuel Appoints New Members to Chicago School Board

The new appointments come on the heels of the resignation of the schools chief amid an ongoing federal investigation into a no-bid contract awarded by the school board.

April 07, 2015

Emanuel Wins Second Term as Chicago Mayor After Tough Runoff

Emanuel was forced into a runoff with Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, a Cook County Commissioner, after failing to win 50 percent of the votes in the February election.

March 31, 2015

Detroit Mayor: End State Oversight of City Schools

The Detroit school system, under state oversight since March 2009, has lost tens of thousands of students, closed dozens of schools and struggled with persistent budget deficits. "Emergency management has clearly failed" our schools, Mayor Mike Duggan said.

February 25, 2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Faces April Runoff

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who was backed by the Chicago Teachers Union and ran a campaign largely focused on education, garnered nearly 34 percent of the vote.

January 14, 2015

Boston Mayor Lays Out Education Plans in State of the City Address

Mayor Marty Walsh's plans include a focus on upgrading the city's schools' infrastructure, an emphasis on career and technical education, and expansion of pre-K education.

November 03, 2014

New York City Mayor Unveils Plans to Fix Failing Schools

The plan includes $150 million to convert nearly 100 struggling campuses into community schools that offer extra daily instructional time, additional professional development for teachers and principals, and nonacademic services for students.

October 30, 2014

Boston Mayor Menino, Who Helped Transform City's Schools, Dies at 71

Thomas M. Menino, the popular mayor of Boston who had authority over the city's schools throughout his 20-year tenure, died Oct. 30 of cancer. He was 71.

October 21, 2014

Q and A With New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña

From expanded all-day pre-K programs, extensive community engagement, and a focus on English-language learners, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña are making their mark on New York City education. Still, the administration has taken some criticism for being slow to articulate a turnaround plan for the worst performing schools.

September 05, 2014

Boston Mayor Appoints City's First-Ever 'Chief of Education'

Mayor Martin J. Walsh will task a new citywide education czar to coordinate school improvement efforts across public schools, charter schools, parochial and private schools, as well as higher education.

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