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January 22, 2015

Philly Teachers' Union Says Ruling Against District a Victory for Collective Bargaining

A Pennsylvania judge ruled on Thursday that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission does not have authority to unilaterally change the teachers'union contract and impose new terms.

January 22, 2015

Judge Rules Philadelphia Can't Cancel Teachers' Union Contract

The teachers' union sued the district after it abruptly canceled the collective bargaining agreement last October and mandated that union members pay toward their health care costs.

January 21, 2015

Districts Bolstering Leadership Ranks Under Principal Initiative, Report Finds

The Wallace Foundation-commissioned study found that six districts it has invested in are more effectively using data to "make better-informed decisions on hiring and placing" school leaders.

January 21, 2015

Supports for Black and Latino Boys to Get $20 Million Investment From D.C. Schools

Through its initiative, the school system will spend $20 million over the next three years through mentoring programs, targeted grants, and opening a new all-male college preparatory high school in a high-need area.

January 16, 2015

Philadelphia's Per-Pupil Revenue Lags Other Big-City Districts, Report Says

The report by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that per-pupil revenue in Philadelphia in the 2013-14 school year was lower than seven of the 11 big-city districts analyzed.

January 13, 2015

Former Los Angeles Leader Joins Broad Center as Superintendent-in-Residence

John Deasy will serve as a consultant to graduates of the Broad Foundation's school leadership programs who are working in urban districts.

January 09, 2015

Palm Beach Joins List of Urban School Districts Looking for Superintendents

The district's current superintendent, Wayne Gent, said this week that he will not renew his contract when it expires at the end of June. Urban districts that need new leaders include Minneapolis and Albuquerque.

January 07, 2015

Albuquerque Plans 'Truancy Blitz' to Curb Absenteeism in the District

The three-day blitz planned for later this month will engage the community and businesses in devising solutions and new intervention strategies. About 8 percent of Albuquerque's elementary school students have 10 or more unexcused absences in a year.

December 31, 2014

Top District Stories in 2014: Spending, Testing, Principals, and Ferguson

Among the most read posts in 2014 were stories about principals and school leadership, a backlash against standardized testing, the fallout from a police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Mo., and school funding issues in Philadelphia.

December 29, 2014

Boston Proposes Longer Day for Elementary, Middle School Students

A tentative agreement between the city, the school district, and the teachers' union could eventually lead to longer school days for more than 20,000 students.

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