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December 12, 2014

Ed. Sec. Arne Duncan Decries School Funding "Injustices" in Philly and Nation

In a column printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, the Education Secretary says the nation should be embarrassed that the quality of children's public education is largely dependent on where they live and their parents' incomes.

December 11, 2014

Chicago School District Slowly Improves College-Going and Graduation Rates

New research shows that 14 percent of freshmen in the city school system are expected to earn a four-year degree by the age of 25, up from 8 percent in 2006.

December 08, 2014

New York City Principals and City Agree to New Contract

The nine-year deal will offer financial incentives to principals who take assignments in struggling schools and provide bonuses to principals who coach and advise their peers.

December 03, 2014

After Ferguson Decision, Big-City Districts Recommit To Focus on Minority Boys

The Council of the Great City Schools said the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case is not just about the local police and community, but more broadly "about how America's institutions, including our schools, respect the rights, well-being and futures of all our young people."

November 21, 2014

NOLA Charter Schools Sticking With Recovery School District

Fifteen of the 36 schools that are eligible this year to return to the Orleans Parish School Board, which ran the city's schools before Hurricane Katrina, have voted against doing so. More boards will make the decision by the end of the 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.

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 25, 2014

Urban Educators Debate Testing in National Town Hall

The Council of the Great City Schools convened a town hall on the current testing regime in public schools, with panelists discussing its impact and what's needed to better assess student learning and the effectiveness of classroom instruction.

October 23, 2014

Houston Superintendent Wins Urban Educator of the Year Award

The council said that under Grier's leadership, access to Advanced Placement courses increased and more Houston students took the SAT college entrance exam.

October 22, 2014

Urban Educators' Conference to Focus on Testing, Common Core, and ELLs

The 58th annual conference of the Council of the Great City Schools will tackle the most pressing challenges facing urban school district leaders.

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