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December 08, 2017

Chicago CEO Resigns Amid Ethics Probe; Veteran Educator Named Interim Chief

Janice Jackson, the chief education officer in Chicago, will ascend to the top job after CEO Forrest Claypool quit Friday. Jackson becomes the third chief of the city's schools in two years.

October 30, 2017

More Than 1 Million K-12 Students Are Homeless. What One District Is Doing About It

The Dallas school district, which had more than 4,000 homeless students last school year, is turning one of its unused school buildings into housing for high school students who live in parks, cars, and abandoned buildings.

October 27, 2017

Detroit Schools See First Enrollment Increase in 15 years

Many of the new students attended charter schools that have since closed or the former Education Achievement Authority, the former state-run system, according to the Detroit Free-Press.

October 20, 2017

Long Beach School Board Member Named Urban Educator of the Year

The award was announced at the annual gathering of the Council of the Great City Schools, which this year featured Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and co-chair of the Gates Foundation, as the keynote speaker. Gates announced about $1.7 billion in investment in K-12 education over the next five years.

October 19, 2017

NFL Player Chris Long Pledges Salary to Groups Supporting Educational Equity

The Eagles defensive end will donate his salary for the remaining 10 games this season to groups in Boston, St. Louis, and Philadelphia that support "educational equity and opportunity."

October 18, 2017

Mississippi School Named for Confederate President to Be Renamed for Obama

The name change comes as leaders of the school district in Mississippi's capital city, where more than 95 percent of students are African-American, are reconsidering Confederacy-linked names on three campuses.

September 26, 2017

Former Big-City Superintendents Join School Leaders' Training Program

Ann Clark, the former Charlotte-Mecklenburg superintendent, and Valeria Silva, who led the St. Paul Public Schools, will join the New York City Leadership Academy as "superintendents in residence" for the 2017-18 school year.

September 11, 2017

Some Houston-Area Schools Open After Harvey, But Uncertainty Lingers

As school leaders in Texas continue to assess the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey, many are unsure how many students will actually return to school this week.

August 21, 2017

Philadelphia To Add Social Workers At Some Schools

Through a pilot program with the city, the Philadelphia school district will add social workers at 22 schools, with the goal of some day expanding the program to all schools.

August 17, 2017

Urban Districts' Group Decries President Trump's Response to Charlottesville

The Council of the Great City Schools represents nearly 70 of the nation's largest school districts—about 7.3 million students, the majority of whom are Hispanic and African-American.

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