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February 16, 2017

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking Elected Chicago School Board

Under a 1995 law, the seven members of the Chicago school board are appointed by the city's mayor. Chicago is the only district in Illinois that does not have an elected school board.

February 14, 2017

San Diego School Board Pulls Resolution to Invite Ed. Secretary DeVos to Visit

Richard Barrera, president of the San Diego Unified School Board, said it was the wrong time to invite Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to visit the school district.

January 26, 2017

After Trump Immigration Order, Schools Draw Line in the Sand on Student Rights

"We understand that significant federal dollars could be at risk because of our support for every student and every family," Los Angeles Unified school board president Steve Zimmer said.

January 20, 2017

New $100 Million Initiative to Boost Leadership in Texas Public Schools

Charles Butt, the chairman and CEO of H-E-B, a Texas-based grocery chain, launched a $100 million initiative to focus on improving school leadership in Texas public schools.

January 14, 2017

Big City Schools' Group Pushes for Ouster of Carl Paladino From Buffalo Board

The Council of the Great City Schools is asking New York state officials to remove Carl Paladino from the Buffalo school board over derogatory comments he made about the Obamas. "I don't care what they think," Paladino said in response.

December 29, 2016

Buffalo School Board Calls for Carl Paladino to Resign Over Racist Comments

The board said it will petition the state education commissioner to remove Paladino from his school board seat if he doesn't resign within 24 hours.

December 28, 2016

School Board Member Stands Firm After Offensive Remarks About Obamas

Carl Paladino, a Buffalo, N.Y., school board member and co-chair of President-elect Donald Trump's New York campaign, made derogatory comments about President Obama and Michelle Obama in response to a newspaper questionnaire.

November 14, 2016

Entire School Board in Small Virginia Town Resigns

The seven-member school board in Franklin City, Va., resigned after the City Council asked the members to do so over questions of financial management.

October 27, 2016

Chicago District Plans to Borrow $1 Billion

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Chicago Board of Education approved borrowing nearly $1 billion for construction costs and to refinance high-interest debt.

August 29, 2016

Urban Educators Stress Value of Big-City Schools Group

With the Council of the Great City Schools now in its 60th year, urban school leaders say the depth of its staff's expertise, the organization's effectiveness in advocating on their behalf, and the sense of camaraderie they feel being part of the group are unmatched elsewhere.

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