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December 30, 2015

The Year in District and Leadership News

Race, education disparities, school-leader standards, and criminal proceedings (in Atlanta and Chicago) were among the top stories on the District Dossier blog.

December 29, 2015

Cultivating Young Chess Masters in Some of St. Louis' Poorest Schools

Some of the most challenged school districts in the St. Louis region have started chess clubs with the help of local companies and some tutoring from the first African-American to become an international grandmaster.

December 24, 2015

Audit Faults Louisiana's Recovery School District's Tracking of Property

A state legislative audit, released this week, said that the Recovery School District has not adequately kept track of thousands of dollars worth of items purchased with public money.

December 22, 2015

Minneapolis' Choice for Superintendent Defends Actions in Special Ed. Case

Sergio Paez was chosen to lead the Minneapolis Public Schools two days before a Massachusetts advocacy group published a report alleging that special education students had been mistreated at a school in the Holyoke district where he was superintendent.

December 21, 2015

Search for Los Angeles Unified Schools Chief Continues

Michelle King, the district's No. 2 administrator under former Superintendent Ramon Cortines, is taking the reins of the nation's second-largest school district while the search for a permanent schools chief stretches into the new year.

December 16, 2015

Minneapolis Suspends Contract Negotiations With Superintendent Pick

Minneapolis school officials said it was seeking more information about the treatment of special education students in Holyoke, Mass., while Sergio Páez served as superintendent of the district.

December 16, 2015

Michigan Could Disband State-Run District for Low-Performing Schools

Gov. Rick Snyder has hinted for months that the Education Achievement Authority's status has been under review while lawmakers his latest plan to overhaul public education in Detroit.

December 15, 2015

AASA Announces National Superintendent of the Year Finalists

The national winner will be announced at AASA's annual conference in February.

December 14, 2015

Minneapolis Promises 'Due Diligence' on Preferred Superintendent Pick

Sergio Paez, who was picked last week to lead the Minneapolis school district, is facing questions in his old district, Holyoke, Mass., about allegations of abuse and neglect at one school.

December 14, 2015

Feds, Newark, N.J., Schools Reach Agreement Over Civil Rights Complaints

Newark, N.J., schools have agreed to take a series of steps by the end of February to halt an ongoing federal investigation of possible civil rights violations in the district.

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