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September 19, 2019

To Connect With Families, Schools Must Build Trust, Report Finds

An overwhelming majority of school leaders think building community trust is important, but many question whether their districts are effectively cultivating relationships with parents and other residents, a national survey finds.

July 19, 2019

Here's What Superintendents Should Include, and Avoid, in the Dreaded Back-to-School Letter

The best letters use common sense, three superintendents said—but they're also a bit of a balancing act.

May 31, 2019

Districts Struggle to Hire Black Teachers. Is the Solution Hiring More Black Principals?

A black principal increased the likelihood that a new teacher hire would be black by up to 7 percentage points and a drop in black teacher mobility by 2 to 5 percentage points, according to new research. Schools with black principals also saw positive effects on black students' math performance, even in the absence of hiring black teachers.

December 20, 2017

Report: New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to Step Down

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña plans to announce her retirement Thursday, NBC New York reports, citing "city government sources."

September 01, 2017

As Many Focus on Houston, Other Coastal Schools Slammed by Harvey Still Ache

Some Texas coastal districts are racing to open just after Labor Day while others say they may be closed "indefinitely"

July 12, 2017

$125,000 Salary to Serve on a School Board? In Los Angeles, Yes.

Most school board members across the country receive no compensation for their service, according to a 2010 report.

December 20, 2016

Former Detroit Schools Manager Charged in Flint Water Crisis Case

The criminal charges stem from the decision to provide water to residents that was not properly treated, leading to lead contamination.

June 29, 2016

Black Lives Matter Activist Appointed to Baltimore Schools Cabinet

DeRay Mckesson left his career in education in 2014 amid the unrest in Fergsuon, Mo., after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was fatally shot by a white police officer.

June 03, 2016

Detroit Schools Bailout Deal Faces Resistance From Mayor, Teachers

With the district expected to run out of money by the end of June, the clock is ticking on the deadline for a new deal. The Republican-controlled Senate could vote on the package as early as next week.

May 04, 2016

Sonja Santelises to Replace Gregory Thornton as CEO of Baltimore City Schools

Gregory Thornton, who came to Baltimore City schools from Milwaukee in 2014, had a rocky tenure. His replacement, Sonja Santelises, previously served for three years as Baltimore's chief academic officer.

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