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May 21, 2015

Georgia District Hires Superintendent After Firing Search Firm That Found Him

Stephen Green will take the helm of the Dekalb County, Ga., schools in July. He's coming from Kansas City, Mo., where he has served as superintendent since 2011.

May 14, 2015

Ratings Agency Downgrades Chicago Schools' Debt

The downgrade reflects the pressures of rising pension obligations following a state supreme court ruling last week that changes to the state's pension law in 2013 were unconstitutional.

April 28, 2015

Closures in Ohio's Districts Led Most Students to Better Schools, Report Says

A new report from The Thomas B. Fordham Institute examining charter and regular district school closures in Ohio showed that displaced students made gains in math and reading and the majority ended up in better schools.

April 20, 2015

Education Writers Surrounded by Big School Stories in Chicago

As education reporters rolled into Chicago for their annual conference this week, they were greeted with headlines about the latest crises in the Chicago Public Schools.

April 20, 2015

Federal Probe in Chicago Schools Includes Non-Profit Education Fund

Federal officials are reportedly looking into a $20.5 million contract awarded to a company that once employed Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

April 17, 2015

Chicago Schools CEO Takes Leave Amid Federal Probe

The union's call for an elected school board came after news broke that the FBI was investigating a $20.5 million non-competitive bid awarded to SUPES Academy, which formerly employed district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

April 16, 2015

FBI Investigating No-Bid Contract in Chicago District, Local Media Report

The probe allegedly centers around a $20.5 million no-bid contract to SUPES Academy, where CPS' CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett once worked, according to local media accounts.

April 07, 2015

Emanuel Wins Second Term as Chicago Mayor After Tough Runoff

Emanuel was forced into a runoff with Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, a Cook County Commissioner, after failing to win 50 percent of the votes in the February election.

March 23, 2015

Leveraging Teacher Evaluations in Los Angeles

The opportunity is there to negotiate for their priorities - smaller class-sizes, fully staffed schools, and a pay raise - if they are willing to accept three levels of performance in teacher evaluations. I think the three levels are worth it, if it means better conditions for teachers and students.

March 20, 2015

Vulnerable Chicago Students Face Frequent Discipline, Report Finds

The decreases come as teachers and students report feeling safer in the city's schools, according to the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.

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