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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.

June 06, 2016

Bill Proposes 'Inspector' As Part of One-Year New York City Mayoral Control Deal

Mayor Bill de Blasio is seeking a three-year extension to retain control of New York City's schools. A state Senate bill proposes a one-year extension, with an "education inspector" to provide oversight.

June 03, 2016

Traits of Top Principals: Q & A With New Leaders' Benjamin Fenton

New Leaders' new book, Breakthrough Principals: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Stronger Schools, lays out the practices of high-performing school leaders and provides a framework and action steps for other principals to improve their schools.

June 03, 2016

Detroit Schools Bailout Deal Faces Resistance From Mayor, Teachers

With the district expected to run out of money by the end of June, the clock is ticking on the deadline for a new deal. The Republican-controlled Senate could vote on the package as early as next week.

June 02, 2016

Chicago Schools CEO Says Schools Won't Open Next Year Without State Funding

The state of Illinois ended the fiscal year without passing a budget, and school districts across the state are wondering what happens next.

May 25, 2016

Minneapolis Chooses Anchorage Schools' Leader as New Superintendent

Ed Graff, the superintendent of the Anchorage, Alaska, school district beat out Minnesota's education commissioner Brenda Cassellius for the top job in Minneapolis.

May 24, 2016

Feds Uncover $1.2 Million Tutoring Scam in Detroit Schools

Carolyn Starkey Darden, who allegedly submitted fraudulent invoices for tutoring services, is the latest current or former Detroit schools administrator facing criminal charges.

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