Improving the lives of boys of color has emerged as an urgent public policy issue in the last couple of years, most recently evidenced by President Barack Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative.
Broward County Public Schools is hoping to use a $3.3 million grant to attract an out-of-state charter operator with experience working in poor communities.
Under a measure approved by Missouri's Senate education committee this week, students from "unaccredited" schools could transfer to "accredited" schools in the district or, if no seats are available, attend charter or virtual schools.
Meanwhile, school board members in the Fort Worth, Texas, and Ferguson, Mo., school districts make plans to hire new school chiefs.
A report released by the Schott Foundation for Public Education called for more action to address the disparity in graduation rates, academic achievement, and other factors such as out-of-school suspensions in the nation's public schools.
The local elected official is concerned that the initiative which focuses on improving outcomes for boys of color may run afoul of federal law because it does not include girls.
We look at the possible roll-back of four-day school week in Minnesota, dispute over the cost of charter expansion in Philadelphia, and supporting high-achieving, low-income students.
State law caps severance payments at 18 months, but many districts are now using the 18-month cap as the norm.
Efforts started under former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2011 aim to address challenges faced by young black and Latino men, including in the areas of literacy and graduation rates.
A report by an education advocacy group last month said that approving 40 new charter schools (the number has since declined to 39) could hike the district's charter payments to more than $1 billion annually.