Michigan's legislature is considering a new Emergency Manager Bill that would have consequences for Detroit and other districts

Philadelphia, Boston, Denver, New Orleans, Hartford, Conn., and Spring Branch, Texas, were awarded grants from the Gates Foundation to foster collaboration and reduce tension between district and charter schools.

A coalition of Michiganders that includes school board members, parents, and the superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools sent a letter yesterday to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and President Obama questioning the Michigan Education Authority's selection as a finalist in the Race to the Top district competition.

Oh, mama, can this really be the end? Shelby County residents who had hoped to avoid a merger with the struggling 105,000-student Memphis school district have the Memphis blues again, after a judge ruled earlier this week that they can't vote to start their own school systems. The suburbs had hoped to have districts up and running by the 2013-14 school year.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals and the College Board's Advocacy & Policy Center launched a free online toolkit for principals, focused on "equity, personalization, smart data, collaboration and continuous improvement."

Sixty-one districts have been selected as finalists for the Race to the Top district competition. Up to 25 winners will split $400 million, to be awarded in December.

On the heels of Michigan voters' attempt to repeal the state's emergency manager law, the Detroit Board of Education has voted to withdraw from the fledgling, state-run Educational Achievement Authority, which currently runs 15 schools of the city's worst-performing schools.

This summer, the New York-based nonprofit TNTP (formerly The New Teacher Project) told school districts they need to disregard Beyonce: Some teachers are so good that they are, in fact, irreplaceable. Too often, those teachers leave school districts willingly, feeling unsupported and unrecognized. Now, in a follow-up report, TNTP has zoomed in on the Washington, D.C., public school system, where, it says, policies have made irreplaceable teachers more likely to stick around.

The Indianapolis school board has three new members who are likely to support education "reform." While folks are still trying to tease out the education reform implications of union leader Glenda Ritz's election night victory over current Indiana state superintendent Tony Bennett, the Indianapolis school board election told a different story.

The Department of Education received 371 applications for the latest round of the Race to the Top competition, which focused on individual school districts or consortia of smaller districts rather than states. The 371 applications represented 1,189 school districts. Some districts didn't apply due to difficulty getting union buy-in.

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