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June 23, 2016

St. Paul, Minn., Superintendent Ousted by School Board

Valeria Silva will depart the superintendent job on July 15, but will continue to serve as a consultant to the district. Her separation package is worth nearly $800,000 in salary and benefits.

June 22, 2016

Michigan Governor Signs $617M Detroit Schools Bailout Package

The package of bills will help Detroit schools pay off $467 million in operating debt and provide $150 million in start-up funding for a new debt-free district.

June 20, 2016

Mayoral Control in New York City Gets One-Year Extension With Caveats

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wanted a three-year extension, but New York state Senate Republicans offered a one-year deal.

June 15, 2016

Chicago Plans Community Meetings After High Lead Levels Found in Some Schools

The district started voluntary lead testing in April, and, so far, has found elevated lead levels at fixtures, such as sinks and drinking water fountains, at 23 schools.

June 14, 2016

Pittsburgh District Wants More Details on New Superintendent's Résumé

Anthony Hamlet, a former NFL player and school administrator in the Palm Beach, Fla., school district, was chosen as Pittsburgh's superintendent last month, and now questions have surfaced about his résumé.

June 10, 2016

New York City Plans $15 Million Push to Increase Diversity at Specialized Schools

The city plans a number of new efforts to increase the number of black and Latino students who attend selective enrollment high schools.

June 09, 2016

Michigan Governor Backs Detroit Schools Bailout Plan

The set of bills would pay off the district's debt and return control of the Detroit schools to a locally elected school board in January. Despite the changes, Detroit's mayor and teacher union leaders oppose the plan.

June 07, 2016

Pennsylvania School Districts Face Continued Financial Burdens

In a new survey, 85 percent of Pennsylvania school districts said they planned to raise taxes for the next school year, and a majority said that the $200 million in new education funding will not be enough to restore cuts made in recent years.

June 07, 2016

Chicagoans Not Amused at Gov. Rauner's Comment Comparing Schools to 'Prisons'

Chicago Public Schools' parents, teachers, principals, and volunteers launched the hashtag #NotAPrison to push back against Gov. Rauner's comments that some of the city's schools were "basically almost crumbling prisons" and not places where young people should be educated.

June 06, 2016

Illinois Superintendents Urge Gov. Rauner to Act on Education Funding

Fifteen superintendents wrote to Gov. Rauner on June 6, accusing him of playing politics with education funding and warning that the majority of school districts will not be able to open in the fall without changes to state funding.

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