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October 06, 2015

Florida Bill Would Give More Autonomy to Principals Who Run Struggling Schools

Under a new proposal, highly rated Florida principals who are selected to run low-performing schools will get expanded autonomy.

September 24, 2015

What Role Can States Play in Developing Effective Principals?

A new report by the Wallace Foundation says states can play a huge role in setting standards, recruiting, and supporting principals and aspiring principals.

September 14, 2015

Ferguson Commission: Schools Must Prioritize Whole-Child Issues, Equity

A 198-page report by the Ferguson Commission recommends a focus on whole-child issues like hunger and school discipline and an overhaul in how the state of the Missouri deals with unaccredited districts.

August 24, 2015

State Takeover of Schools Harms Black, Latino Communities, Report Contends

The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools report comes as public debate rages over the Louisiana Recovery School District's takeover of most of New Orleans' schools after Hurricane Katrina.

August 20, 2015

State Law Forces Milwaukee to Put Vacant Schools Up for Sale

Historically, the Milwaukee schools have been reluctant to sell vacant facilities, especially to potential competitors that could siphon off its students - and state funding. But new legislation is forcing the district's hand.

August 18, 2015

Pennsylvania Amends Financial Recovery Plan for Chester Upland District

The Wolf administration says that without drastic steps the district, which has a growing annual deficit, will not open its schools this year.

August 18, 2015

Opt-Out Movement Draws 'Little Public Sympathy' in New Poll

A new poll from Education Next also revealed slipping public support for the Common Core State Standards, charter schools, and teacher tenure, but backers of those policies continue to outnumber opponents.

August 12, 2015

Children of Live-in Workers Can Enroll in Schools Near Their Parents' Jobs

The law follows a district's move last year to expel a student whose mother worked as a live-in nanny in the district. The decision was later reversed.

August 11, 2015

Wisconsin Principals Tell Scott Walker His Policies Are Hurting Local School Districts

A group of 35 principals from the southern Wisconsin area wrote to Walker last month arguing that in the current policy and political climate, districts simply don't have the resources and support to provide what they should to students.

August 11, 2015

Atlanta Schools Hire Architect of Contentious School Takeover Legislation

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's Opportunity School District legislation would give the state the power to seize control of low-performing schools, convert them into charter campuses or shut them down altogether.

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