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November 10, 2015

Minneapolis District Names Six Candidates for the Superintendent's Job

The short list includes the interim superintendent Michael Goar, as well as candidates from Milwaukee, Massachusetts, Houston, and Minnesota.

November 02, 2015

A Movie Based on the Atlanta Test-Cheating Scandal Is in the Works

Actor Michael B. Jordan told the New York Times he will portray a teacher caught up in the city's testing scandal.

October 28, 2015

Big-City Districts Produce a Few Bright Spots in Otherwise Dim NAEP Results

Some urban districts saw statistically significant gains in their 2015 4th and 8th grade reading and math results, while overall, NAEP scores in both subjects either dropped or stagnated nationally.

October 28, 2015

Is a Local School Board in Philadelphia's Future?

Mayor Michael Nutter calls for dissolving the School Reform Commission and creating a local board of education to be appointed by the city officials.

October 26, 2015

Top Education Officials Talk Test Proliferation, Quality

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, as well as those representing states and school districts, discussed proposals to improve assessments amid debate about "overtesting" at a panel in Washington.

October 15, 2015

Ex-Chicago Schools CEO's Work in Detroit Faces Scrutiny

Barbara-Byrd Bennett pleaded guilty to defrauding the Chicago schools. Now, a contract she awarded during her time in the Detroit schools is getting another look.

October 09, 2015

Pittsburgh School Board Member Named Urban Educator of the Year

William "Bill" Isler has served on the Pittsburgh School Board for the last 16 years.

October 08, 2015

Former Chicago Schools CEO Indicted in Alleged Bribery, Kickback Scheme

The 23-count indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice alleges that Barbara Byrd-Bennett steered the more than $20 million in contracts to her former employers.

October 07, 2015

New Jersey Education Officials Loosen Grip on State-Controlled District

The state took over Jersey City's school district in 1989, citing "total educational failure."

October 07, 2015

Urban Leaders Focus on School Improvement at Annual Conference

The Council of the Great City Schools' annual conference for big-city district leaders will include discussions on education equity, principal pipelines, teacher effectiveness, and more.

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