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July 17, 2018

Denver Superintendent to Step Down After Nearly a Decade. Will the District's Progress Continue?

Tom Boasberg led Denver's public schools through a period that saw an increase in graduation and college-going rates, charter-district collaboration, and improved performance of its English-learners.

July 17, 2018

Did the Charter Takeover Improve New Orleans' Schools?

The performance of schools in post-Katrina New Orleans has been a well-scrutinized experiment, with champions and critics of charter schools closely monitoring the results.

July 16, 2018

Chicago Pledges $26 Million to Add Social Workers, Special Education Staff

The Chicago Teachers Union, which has called on the district to increase the number of school nurses, psychologists, social workers, and case managers, said the school system's announcement does not go far enough.

July 10, 2018

Principals Say Coaching, Not Compliance, Is What They Need From Central Office

A new Vanderbilt University study on the Wallace Foundation's $24 million Principal Supervisor Initiative in six urban districts found bright spots as well as continuing challenges.

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.

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