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January 14, 2016

Detroit Mayor Spots Dead Mouse in School, Calls For Citywide Inspections

Coordinated "sickouts," where teachers call out sick en masse, shed light on code violations, dead vermin, and problems with heating and cooling systems.

January 14, 2016

School Districts Need To Be More Strategic About School Leadership Roles

A new Bain & Company report finds that districts need to be more strategic about how they deploy leadership talent in schools and recommends adopting a distributed leadership model.

January 13, 2016

Minneapolis Ends Contract Negotiations With Sergio Paez for Superintendent Job

The Minneapolis school board picked Sergio Paez as the new superintendent in December. Paez's candidacy was derailed after the publication of a report by a Massachusetts advocacy group that alleged that some special education students had been mistreated at a school in Paez's former district.

January 12, 2016

L.A. Unified Hires Michelle King as New Superintendent

King becomes the first woman in more than 80 years, and the first African-American woman, to lead the nation's second-largest school district.

January 11, 2016

Trial Begins in Case Alleging Ferguson School Elections Are Biased Against Blacks

The lawsuit, filed in December 2014 by the American Civil Liberties Union, alleges that the at-large voting system dilutes the African-American vote.

January 11, 2016

Teacher Protests Close Dozens of Detroit Schools

The coordinated "sickouts," where teachers call out sick en masse, began in November as teachers continue to voice their displeasure with pay, benefits, and class sizes.

January 08, 2016

Pennsylvania School Boards Association Sues the State, Legislature to Fund K-12

A state budget impasse has forced school districts to borrow nearly $1 billion since last July.

January 08, 2016

'Devastating' Lead Exposure Could Pose Problems for Flint, Mich., Schools

Research has tied low levels of lead in blood to learning disabilities, poor classroom performance, impaired growth, and even hearing loss.

January 07, 2016

Students Attending Closing Schools Graduated With Less Rigorous Diplomas

A new report brief from the New York City's Independent Budget Office says that students who attended schools that were being phased-out were more likely to graduate with a local diploma, which is less rigorous than the state's Regents diploma.

January 06, 2016

School Superintendents Think Parents Just Don't Understand, Gallup Poll Finds

The survey also reveals that most superintendents believe that measuring the success of schools should include factors such as student engagement and student hope.

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