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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.

December 14, 2015

Chicago Teachers' Union Votes to Authorize Strike

The last teachers' union strike in 2012 shut down Chicago's schools for seven days.

December 10, 2015

Teacher Sickout Closes at Least Seven Detroit Schools

A similar sickout prompted three Detroit schools to close Dec. 1. The sickouts are just the latest action in a district where teachers are increasingly distressed.

December 08, 2015

Minneapolis Taps a Former Massachusetts Superintendent to Lead the District

Sergio Paez most recently served as superintendent of the Holyoke, Mass., district, which the state of Massachusetts took over this year because of years of chronic underperformance.

December 04, 2015

New York City's Struggling Schools' Program Under Fire

Merryl Tisch, the chancellor of New York state's Board of Regents, said New York City's $400 million "Renewal Schools" program for low-performing schools was, in some cases, allowing "failure" to persist.

November 20, 2015

To Promote Integration, N.Y.C. to Pilot Diversity Plans in Some Schools

A New York City pilot program to promote diversity will allow seven elementary schools to set aside seats for low-income students, English-language learners, or students in the child welfare system.

November 18, 2015

Los Angeles Unified Refines Its Wish List For New Superintendent

Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest school district, is looking for a politically-savvy and experienced instructional leader (with additional traits) to run the school district.

November 16, 2015

Denver Superintendent Going on Leave to Learn Spanish, Travel With Family

Tom Boasberg, Denver's superintendent for the last seven years, will explore Latin American with his family. He plans to return to the district next summer.

November 16, 2015

Houston School Board Rejects Proposal to Ban Suspensions for Youngest Students

As part of a proposal, suspensions would be used as a last resort for pre-K-2nd grade students in the Houston district. The district will focus on training staff in positive engagement and de-escalation techniques.

November 10, 2015

Chicago Teachers Union Says Members Are Willing to Strike

Ninety-seven percent of union members who participated in a "practice" strike vote last week supported a walkout if necessary, the union says.

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