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February 02, 2015

Arkansas Considering Redrawing District Lines in Little Rock Area

The proposal comes after the state board of education voted to take over Little Rock's schools.

January 16, 2015

Philadelphia's Per-Pupil Revenue Lags Other Big-City Districts, Report Says

The report by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that per-pupil revenue in Philadelphia in the 2013-14 school year was lower than seven of the 11 big-city districts analyzed.

December 26, 2014

Pa. to Take Over York City Schools, Paving the Way for Charter Conversion

In an order issued Friday, President Judge Stephen P. Linebaugh placed the struggling district in receivership for three years, beginning immediately. The receiver, David Meckley, has proposed that an outside charter management organization run all of the schools.

December 19, 2014

Los Angeles Requests Delay in Using New Test Scores for Accountability Purposes

Citing concerns over technological readiness, LA Superintendent Raymond Cortines has asked the state Superintendent of Public Instruction Thomas Torlakson not to use the district's students' test scores on new Smarter Balanced tests for "high stakes accountability purposes."

November 13, 2014

S.C. Supreme Court Rules For Poor, Rural Districts in Equity Lawsuit

The ruling brings a 21-year-old legal battle over school funding to an end and orders state lawmakers and school districts to craft an agreement on South Carolina's K-12 funding formula.

November 12, 2014

Principals Push for More Safeguards for Student Privacy

The National Association of Secondary School Principals released a set of recommendations for federal, state and local school officials that outline concrete steps it says will improve policies and practices to protect student data.

November 11, 2014

Minneapolis Will Review Suspension of Every Minority Student

The new policy comes as the district approved an agreement with federal civil rights officials to drive down disproportionate rates of discipline between minority students and their white peers.

November 10, 2014

Pa. Districts, Parents Sue Over 'Irrational and Inequitable' School Funding

The lawsuit filed Monday by the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania on behalf of six school districts, seven parents, the Pennsylvania Association of Small and Rural Schools, and state's NAACP, argues that the state has failed to devise a funding mechanism to provide its public school students with a thorough and efficient education.

October 25, 2014

Urban Educators Debate Testing in National Town Hall

The Council of the Great City Schools convened a town hall on the current testing regime in public schools, with panelists discussing its impact and what's needed to better assess student learning and the effectiveness of classroom instruction.

October 09, 2014

Deadline Approaching to Contribute to New School Leaders' Standards

The standards—updated for the first time in six years—help guide preparation, training, and evaluation for principals, as well as state policy related to school leaders.

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