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September 11, 2018
Teachers’ union chief Jesse Sharkey on school closings, contract battles, and life after Rahm
What the CTU president says about Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson, being called out by investigator Maggie Hickey, and union challenges post-Janus.
September 6, 2018
Rodent infestation forces Memphis school building to close for the semester
Dozens of rats at Kirby High School in Memphis will keep the building closed the rest of the semester, district officials announced at a faculty…
September 5, 2018
Mayor de Blasio says fate of 50 turnaround schools will be decided this year
“We expect a lot of those schools to graduate out,” de Blasio said. “But ultimately this is the year to decide what happens with all of them.”
September 4, 2018
What Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to not seek re-election means for schools
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to drop his reelection bid has serious implications for several big public education initiatives in Chicago and for…
August 24, 2018
Here’s a closer look at Kids First Chicago, the group behind a report sparking debate
In January 2017, Daniel Anello, the CEO of a school choice group backed by the business community, flew to Denver with Janice Jackson, who was…
August 17, 2018
Secret CPS report spotlights big vacancies, lopsided options for students
An unreleased report by a school choice group backed by the business community paints in stark detail what many Chicagoans have known…
July 26, 2018
A small Brooklyn school that the city wants to close will remain open next year
The lawsuit argues that the city’s decision to close the school was illegal because the local parent council did not vote on the decision.
June 26, 2018
Memphis charter school closes after one year because of issues with nonprofit status, enrollment
Legacy Leadership Academy leaders decided to close the elementary school due to low enrollment and issues with the charter organization's nonprofit status.
June 20, 2018
Some see a victory in Denver pausing its school closure policy, others a ‘slap in the face’
“We know this is not a result of DPS coming to some enlightened position around school closures. We know this is directly related to communities organizing.”
A new approach
June 12, 2018
Denver’s school board is taking a break from its school closure policy
The pause would be in effect for the 2018-19 school year.
June 7, 2018
‘You hate to see it end so soon’: Arlington High School has its final last day of school
The hallways, lined with vacant green lockers, are quiet. The classrooms, once filled by eager high school students, are empty. The auditorium of…
‘It feels like losing a family’
May 24, 2018
This Memphis poetry team is the best in the state. But they will scatter as their school closes.
A student poetry team at GRAD Academy Memphis was named the best high school poetry team in Tennessee this month. But they will scatter to different schools after GRAD closes.
while you were sleeping
April 26, 2018
Bronx transfer school is shuttered after late-night vote, a first for Chancellor Carranza
Chancellor Richard Carranza’s introduction to New York City continued Wednesday with an eight hour meeting in which teachers and students desperately pled for their school…
April 24, 2018
Board approves merging two Whitehaven schools into K-8 amidst parent division
Manor Lake Elementary School will close and students will be assigned to Geeter Middle School, which is about a half-mile away.
April 23, 2018
Wadleigh middle school is safe — for now — after Harlem community rallied to stop its closure
The education department pulled its proposal to cut Wadleigh’s middle school grades, but will begin laying the groundwork to combine middle schools in the building.
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