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October 19, 2016

Report: School Closures Can Work If Students Have Better Options

A new report from the Education Research Alliance at Tulane University found that closing low-performing schools and converting them to charter schools can improve student performance, but a key factor was whether students had better schools to attend.

October 11, 2016

Obama Initiative Secures Free Internet Access for Low-Income Students

The U.S. Department of Education also announces its first round of Pay for Success grants, an effort to solve public problems with the aid of private investment.

September 30, 2016

Dallas Public School Choice Program Seeks to Expand District Options

The Dallas district's public school choice program seeks to expand options for parents, according to the district.

September 29, 2016

Lawsuit Challenges Georgia's Ballot Question on Statewide School District

A lawsuit asks the court for an injunction to stop a statewide district from going into effect in Georgia if a Nov. 8 ballot measure passes, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

September 26, 2016

Chicago Teachers' Union Members Overwhelming Vote to Authorize Strike

For the second time in less than year, the majority of the members of the Chicago Teachers' Union cast ballots in favor of a strike.

September 23, 2016

Chicago Mayor Pledges $36 Million to Mentor Youths in Effort to Curb Violence

In an address focused on curbing the gun violence that has plagued Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel pledged $36 million in city and philanthropic funds to expand mentoring programs to 7,200 boys and male youths. He also plans to expand a similar program for women and opportunities for unemployed and out-of-school youths.

September 21, 2016

Oakland, Calif. School District Launches Effort to Support Black Girls

Oakland was the first school district in the nation to create a department with the sole focus of helping black males. Now, it wants to do the same for black girls.

September 20, 2016

New Website to Compare Cities' Education Results Makes Debut

The interactive "State of Our Cities" website, released Tuesday by the George W. Bush Institute, provides comparable education data for 114 cities across more than a dozen indicators.

September 14, 2016

Three Ex-Detroit Principals Sentenced to Prison for Role in Kickback Scheme

In addition to prison time, the three former principals who were sentenced on Wednesday have been ordered to pay thousands in restitution to the financially strapped school district.

September 13, 2016

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Sued Over Literacy Access in Detroit

The lawsuit, which seeks class action status, accuses Michigan officials of denying Detroit's schoolchildren basic access to literacy.

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