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August 28, 2019
Chicago schools are in better financial shape, but civic watchdog says district needs long-term plan
The same day the school board authorized a $7.7 billion budget, a civic watchdog issued a report saying the district is sorely in need of a long-term financial plan.
August 23, 2019
French immersion K-8 and high school modeled after historically black colleges OK’d in Denver
The earliest the two schools could open would be next fall.
make or break
August 21, 2019
Too many freshmen show up to high school unprepared. Could onboarding help?
Chicago Public Schools, known nationwide for its focus on freshman year, has started this emphasis earlier to ease what can be a difficult transition into high school.
Leadership & Management
August 5, 2019
This principal helped heal a South Side school after Chicago tried to close it. But now she’s leaving.
McLoyd stepped in as Dyett's founding principal during a tense time, after a hunger strike that made national headlines and resuscitated the school.
July 29, 2019
Detroit district takes steps to move Davis Aerospace classes back to the city airport
Detroit's main district is beginning the process to return Davis Aerospace students to the city airport after six years of its displacement.
Updated 2 days ago
City and teachers union continue to exchange barbs ahead of strike authorization vote
As contract negotiations between Chicago’s new mayor and the teachers union continue, we will update this tracker.
July 24, 2019
Ten new schools will open in Memphis this academic year, five have closed
This is the second consecutive year in which more charter schools than traditional district schools have shuttered.
Police in schools
July 23, 2019
School police proposal for Chicago: More power for principals, less for officers
The coming changes to Chicago’s embattled school police officer program are beginning to take shape as the deadline for new federally mandated guidelines looms.
July 23, 2019
When school turnarounds backfire: North Carolina’s effort offers a cautionary tale
The program caused test scores to fall modestly and teacher turnover to rise sharply at those schools, according to new research.
July 22, 2019
High turnover of security guards prompts Detroit district to hire its own force
Detroit's main school district approved a plan to begin hiring their own full-time security guards with the hopes of improving school culture.
July 19, 2019
An integration push meets long-standing efforts to improve Brooklyn’s P.S. 676, bringing hope and fresh worries
Advocates who have been fighting to improve P.S. 676 the Red Hook Neighborhood School, which could prove crucial to making new integration plans work.
July 16, 2019
Tennessee school turnaround models either haven’t worked or are stalling out, new research finds
“We feel confident at this point saying that the strategy followed for the ASD hasn’t produced positive results for students we’d hoped to see,” said one researcher.
July 15, 2019
We read Roger León’s Clarity 2020 plan for Newark’s schools so you don’t have to. Here’s what to expect in the next year.
Roger León’s Clarity 2020 plan for Newark schools has 168 action items. We’ve broken them down so students, parents, and educators can know what to expect.
Air pollution awareness
July 12, 2019
Many Denver schools with high asthma rates aren’t participating in a new air quality monitoring program
One goal of this program is to help school nurses identify asthma triggers and then develop individual health plans for students who have the chronic breathing condition.
July 9, 2019
Speaking at a Chicago school board meeting is a feat of endurance for parents. It shouldn’t be.
The current system is not friendly to anyone, but it excludes people with fewer resources specifically.
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