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February 6, 2019
Citing appearance of ‘bias,’ Memphis board members plan to reject philanthropy offer to pay for superintendent search
The recommendation of the superintendent evaluation committee will go before the full board during a special meeting tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.
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February 6, 2019
Memphis school staff urge board to ‘stay with Ray’ as interim superintendent contract is set
The interim leader also appointed a new chief of staff and a deputy communications chief Wednesday.
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February 6, 2019
Why Rahm Emanuel’s rollout of universal pre-K has Chicago preschool providers worried
Rahm Emanuel’s big-budget, top-down expansion of public preschool has provoked high anxiety among community providers.
February 4, 2019
In the push to extend mayoral control of schools, de Blasio highlights new pre-K dual language programs
New York City will open 47 new dual-language programs for pre-K students, an announcement that Mayor Bill de Blasio used as an opportunity…
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January 30, 2019
Illinois schools superintendent is out in latest Pritzker staff change
Thursday is state Superintendent of Education Tony Smith’s last day, he said in a public statement. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration has not yet…
Updated January 28, 2019
Who’s best for Chicago schools? A Chalkbeat voter guide to the 2019 mayor’s race
Chicago’s next mayor faces many critical decisions regarding Chicago Public Schools, from charter expansion to schools chief Janice Jackson’s job status.
January 23, 2019
United Federation of Teachers drops more than $1 million on new ad campaign
Amid a wave of teacher activism nationwide and major threats to the influence of unions, the United Federation of Teachers is expected to…
January 11, 2019
After years of school voucher rejections, backers consider another approach in Tennessee
"School choice" advocates view education savings accounts as an attractive alternative for Tennessee.
January 7, 2019
On her first day as Denver superintendent, Susana Cordova visits the school where she was a student
Cordova assumed the role of superintendent of Denver Public Schools on Monday, making her the top boss of Colorado’s largest school district.
January 2, 2019
Here are the education issues we’re watching in Tennessee’s statehouse in 2019
With a new governor, a new education commissioner, and new lawmakers steering school policy, 2019 could be a big year for education in the Tennessee statehouse.
December 19, 2018
Memphis and Nashville put on notice about which schools could face state takeover in 2020
In one of her final acts as Tennessee education commissioner, Candice McQueen has identified nearly 20 schools that could require the most drastic state interventions…
December 17, 2018
Susana Cordova named Denver superintendent, rising from student to teacher to top boss
Nearly 30 years after she began her career in Denver as a bilingual teacher, Susana Cordova was selected Monday as superintendent of the 92,000-student school…
December 14, 2018
5 things to know about Austan Goolsbee, the high-powered new addition to Chicago’s school board
Chicago’s school board is once again complete after outgoing mayor Rahm Emanuel chose a University of Chicago economist to fill a long-vacant seat.
December 12, 2018
The pressing question at Denver’s final forum: How will Susana Cordova tackle inequity?
“I want to know what your plan is to get that gap in order,” one student said.
December 11, 2018
What you need to know about Aleesia Johnson, IPS’ interim superintendent
Johnson, 40, is the first African-American woman to serve as the district’s superintendent, and she appears a likely contender to be a permanent successor to Ferebee.
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