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May 08, 2018

How Long Do Big-City Superintendents Typically Stick Around?

Tenures, on average, are shorter in larger districts and in districts with high percentages of students of color and low-income students. Women also had tenures that were 15 months shorter, on average, than their male counterparts, according to the Broad Center.

May 07, 2018

Same Names, Different District: Why Superintendent Searches Can Be a Game of Musical Chairs

Central office staffers—like chief academic officers, deputy superintendents, and curriculum directors—face hurdles making the jump to the top job.

April 04, 2018

A New Education Era in Philadelphia: Mayor Names Members of School Board

About 500 people submitted their names or were nominated for one of the nine spots on the new Philadelphia school board, the first to oversee the district since the state seized control in 2001.

March 30, 2018

Will Urban School Districts Have a Voice in the Debate Over Gun Violence?

Urban school districts call for a ban on assault weapons, $1 billion for mental-health services and counseling, and another $1 billion to local districts with safety training and building upgrades.

March 30, 2018

Newark Mayor Wants a Pause on Charter School Expansion in the City

Ras Baraka, a former principal who is running for re-election this year, said aggressive charter school growth could "suck the life" out of traditional public schools, according to Chalkbeat.

March 15, 2018

Departing N.Y.C. Schools Chief's Advice for School Leaders

Chancellor Carmen Fariña will leave the New York City school system this month, after a 52-year career working in the city's public schools.

March 14, 2018

Amid Water Crisis, Flint Schools Superintendent Forced Off Job

In January, Bilal Tawwab told the school board that he planned to step down once his contract expired at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

March 01, 2018

Miami-Dade Superintendent Backs Out of N.Y.C. Job After Change of Heart

In a dramatic turnabout that unfolded in three acts at a special school board meeting, Alberto Carvalho said he will remain at the helm of the Miami-Dade school district, reneging on an agreement to lead the nation's largest school system.

February 08, 2018

School Named for Andrew Jackson Changes Name to Honor Famed NASA Engineer

Mary Jackson's story is among those depicted in the book "Hidden Figures," which focused on the lives of black women who worked as mathematicians and engineers for NASA during the Space Race. Before landing there, Jackson worked as a math teacher in Maryland.

February 02, 2018

Report: FBI Investigating D.C. Public Schools

The investigation comes amid scrutiny of graduation practices in the district, as well as its rates of student suspensions.

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