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June 22, 2017

Standoff Continues: Will Mayor Keep Control of New York City's Schools?

New York state lawmakers adjourned the legislative session late Wednesday without extending the mayoral control law, which would allow New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to continue to oversee the country's largest school system.

June 21, 2017

Districts Can Build a Stronger Bench of Principals for Relatively Low Costs

A new report from The RAND Corporation on districts that are participating in the Wallace Foundation's Principal Pipeline Initiative found that districts in the initiative spent an average of $31,000 per principal, or $42 per pupil, annually on pipeline-related programs.

June 14, 2017

Ahead of Board Turnover, Los Angeles Superintendent Gets a Contract Extension

Michelle King, who became superintendent of the Los Angeles district last year, is likely to stay on the job through June 2020.

June 01, 2017

Federal Judge Delays Mostly White Alabama Town's School Secession Plan

Less than two months after U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala laid out the steps the city of Gardendale must take to split from the more diverse Jefferson County schools, she has decided to delay the order.

May 31, 2017

Chicago Schools Will Open on Time, District Chief Pledges

Chicago schools CEO Forrest Claypool continues to denounce the way that the state of Illinois funds its public schools, arguing that the Chicago school system is being shortchanged on its share of K-12 aid.

May 17, 2017

Portland, Ore., Voters Approve Record Tax to Fix Lead-Laced, Crumbling Buildings

Nearly all the district's schools have lead levels in the water that exceed federal safety standards. Many of the buildings are also plagued by peeling lead paint, and high concentrations of radon and asbestos.

May 17, 2017

Charter-Backed Candidates Win Two Seats on Los Angeles School Board

With the new members, the majority of the seven-member school board the country's second-largest school district will be charter supporters, which provides an opportunity to radically reshape the district.

May 15, 2017

Four Education Leaders Join Chiefs for Change

Tennessee's education commissioner, along with the superintendents in Camden, N.J., Philadelphia, and Louisiana's Recovery School District are the newest members of Chiefs for Change.

May 15, 2017

To Fix Schools' High Lead Levels, Portland, Ore., District Seeks Tax Increase

All 90 district schools have high lead levels in the water that flows from sinks and drinking fountains. Dozens of buildings are laced with peeling lead paint, radon and asbestos.

May 11, 2017

Two Big-City Districts Hire Women Superintendents

The school districts in Cincinnati and Oakland, Calif. selected women as their new superintendents, both of them experienced educators with long tenures in their respective districts.

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