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May 11, 2015

New School Leaders' Standards Emphasize Instruction, Culture and Managing Talent

The draft policy standards, which were released on Monday for a second round of public comment, apply to school leaders, including principals, teacher-leaders and superintendents.

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 07, 2015

New York City to Lift Long-Standing Ban on Cellphones in Schools

The New York Daily News reports that the ban on electronic devices could end as early as March. Mayor Bill de Blasio said he planned to end the prohibition when he campaigned for mayor last year.

November 05, 2014

Principal Turnover Takes Costly Toll on Students and Districts, Report Says

The report examines the financial costs to students and districts caused by high rates of principal turnover and ways to improve retention of school leaders.

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.

March 22, 2013

New Book Highlights Alternative Governance Structures for Urban Schools

Mayoral control, state-run school districts, and charter districts were all proposed as alternatives to traditional school governance structures at a panel focused on school governance here this week.

March 05, 2012

Anoka-Hennepin School Board Votes to Settle Suit by LGBT Students

In exchange, the district must provide significant new protections to prevent the harassment of students who are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

February 14, 2012

Minnesota School District Changes Policy Blamed for Bullying

The board replaced the policy, blamed for contributing to a school culture that lead to bullying, and eventually the suicides, of several gay students, with one that promotes "a respectful learning environment in which teachers facilitate student discussions of contentious topics in a balanced and impartial manner."

February 10, 2012

Chicago Schools to Stock EpiPens; States, Feds May Follow Suit

The measures follow the deaths of two children who had allergic reactions at school but were not injected with the pens, which can treat the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction.

September 13, 2011

Think Tank Claims Middle-Class Schools Falling Short

Middle-class schools educate the most students, but have surprisingly low achievement results, according to Third Way, a think-tank advocating moderate policy ideas.

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