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May 16, 2019

Teacher Experience and Preparation Led to Stronger Black and Hispanic Achievement, Study Says

A new report from the Learning Policy Institute found that black and Hispanic students in districts that employ fully-qualified and experienced educators outperformed their peers in districts with higher percentages of teachers with less time on the job and who were not fully credentialed.

December 06, 2018

Trial Set for 2020 in Long-Running Pennsylvania School Funding Lawsuit

The lawsuit, filed in 2014, alleges that the state was severely underfunding schools, forcing school districts to lean heavily on property taxes, which especially disadvantages students in property-poor areas.

October 02, 2018

Lawmakers Approve Bills to Pay Teachers and Waive School Days in Districts Hit by Hurricane Florence

The North Carolina legislature's aid to districts affected by Hurricane Florence came the same day the U.S. Department of Education announced approximately $2 million in grants to aid low-income students in North Carolina and about $800,000 for similar students in South Carolina.

August 29, 2018

More Oklahoma School Leaders Win Primaries, Prepare for November Election

Oklahoma City school administrator Sherrie Conley defeated an incumbent state legislator to join other school leaders who will appear on the ballot in the November general election.

May 07, 2018

Same Names, Different District: Why Superintendent Searches Can Be a Game of Musical Chairs

Central office staffers—like chief academic officers, deputy superintendents, and curriculum directors—face hurdles making the jump to the top job.

April 03, 2018

Why Tulsa's Superintendent Stands With Her Striking Teachers

Tulsa Superintendent Deborah Gist is backing the teacher walkouts in her state to push lawmakers for higher pay for teachers, support staff, and more funding for public schools. She said Tulsa's schools will remain closed for as long as teachers are out.

February 12, 2018

Almost Three-Quarters of Superintendents Say Schools Inadequately Funded: Survey

The new survey by a national superintendents' group also shows that 62 percent of superintendents say they will not be able to make up funding cuts.

February 01, 2018

New Era of Local Control in Newark, N.J., After 22 Years

The state seized control of the city's struggling school system in 1995.

January 30, 2018

Massachusetts' New Education Chief Led Revival of One of State's Worst Districts

Jeffrey C. Riley, who was appointed to oversee the Lawrence, Mass., school district after a state takeover, was tapped to be the next education commissioner in Massachusetts.

January 17, 2018

ESSA and Principals: What States Are Pledging to Do for School Leaders

All states intend to invest in principals and other school leaders as part of their plans for complying with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, according to a new analysis by a school leadership group.

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