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Edwards, Virginia B., Ed. – Education Week, 2015
This 19th annual edition of "Quality Counts" takes a broad look at the issues and forces shaping the discussion around early-childhood education. It examines how new academic demands and the push for accountability are changing the nature of early-childhood education for school administrators, teachers, and children alike. Reporters…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Kindergarten, Primary Education
Edwards, Virginia B., Ed. – Education Week, 2014
For all the national and even international debate about the state of American education, public schooling in the U.S. is still a local matter--and the school district remains its hub. As administrators know, there's nothing abstract about the process of getting millions of students into their seats, assuring they receive the instruction they're…
Descriptors: Public Education, School Districts, Governance, Urban Schools
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2013
The first round of this year's high-school-match notifications in New York City's massive, district-wide school choice process went out to students this month, sparking celebration, consternation, and a renewal of concerns about unequal access to the city's best schools. The Big Apple's school-matching system is certainly on a New York scale, with…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Choice, Grade 8, Middle School Students
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2013
The big clock in Dowan McNair-Lee's 8th grade classroom in the Stuart-Hobson Middle School is silent, but she can hear the minutes ticking away nonetheless. On this day, like any other, the clock is a constant reminder of how little time she has to prepare her students--for spring tests, and for high school and all that lies beyond it. The…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Urban Schools, School Districts
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn – Education Week, 2013
Nearly 25 years after New Jersey first took control of a troubled school district, a proposed state takeover of the Camden public schools sheds a critical spotlight on that state's long--and still mostly unsuccessful--record of trying to right struggling districts through such intervention. The state began running the public schools in Jersey City…
Descriptors: School Districts, Public Schools, Urban Schools, State Action
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2013
Even with nearly 50 schools shutting down at the end of this month, Chicago education officials have been barreling ahead with plans to groom a large crop of high-performing principals that they say represents the most ambitious effort the city has undertaken to upgrade its school leadership ranks. The goal, said Chicago schools CEO Barbara…
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Effectiveness, Labor Supply
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn – Education Week, 2013
Districts across the country, including some of the nation's largest, are facing a spate of superintendent vacancies. Schools chiefs or interim superintendents will be leaving this year or next in at least 17 well-known districts, including Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Clark County, Nevada; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Wake County,…
Descriptors: School Districts, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Superintendents
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
A strike last week by some 29,000 teachers in Chicago pushed long-simmering tensions over deeply divisive school improvement ideas--including changes in teacher evaluation and the takeover or closure of underperforming schools--into the national spotlight. A framework for a tentative agreement emerged last Friday, and the union's house of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests, Unions, Educational Change
Fleming, Nora – Education Week, 2012
California legislators swiftly passed a budget bill last week aimed at sheltering school busing dollars from a midyear budget cut many districts and advocates said particularly hurt rural school systems, along with urban districts with desegregation plans. While the measure, which Gov. Jerry Brown was expected to sign into law, would restore $248…
Descriptors: Busing, School Buses, Rural Schools, Desegregation Plans
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn – Education Week, 2012
A Bangladeshi girl who spends her out-of-school time translating documents for her parents' immigration hearings. A group of Chinese high school boys whose teachers can't figure out why they're so disengaged. A Vietnamese boy who speaks almost no English and is the only Asian student at his low-performing school. A Korean-American girl at the top…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Student Rights, Minority Groups, Asian American Students
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
Some of the students at Success Academy are doing International Baccalaureate-level work. Most of the classes have just five or six students. But this Baltimore public high school isn't for elite students. Admission depends on whether students have done something so serious a regular district school won't have them anymore: assaulting classmates…
Descriptors: Discipline Policy, Hispanic American Students, Public Schools, High Schools
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2011
When the Broad Prize for Urban Education was created in 2002, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad said he hoped the awards, in addition to rewarding high-performing school districts, would foster healthy competition; boost the prestige of urban education, long viewed as dysfunctional; and showcase best practices. Over the 10 years the prize has…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Urban Education, School Districts, Competition
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2011
If big-city districts are looking to close budget gaps, shuttering schools may not be the best strategy. Closing schools does not save very much money in the context of an urban district's budget, and selling or leasing surplus school buildings tends to be difficult because they're often old and in struggling neighborhoods, a recent report from a…
Descriptors: School Closing, Educational Finance, School Districts, Urban Schools
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2011
The author reports on a state investigation into Atlanta's impressive gains on state tests which finds that test-tampering was rampant in the much-praised school system. The report unveiled by the Georgia governor's office states that Atlanta teachers and principals for years methodically altered answer sheets for students taking state tests,…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Cheating, High Stakes Tests
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2011
Detroit's troubled school system remains in emergency management, its enrollment dwindling and its labor-management relations contentious. Yet in spite of those challenges, a school there is making a bid to innovate with many of the formal structures that have long guided not just teachers' roles, but also how students are organized in classes. At…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Urban Schools, Educational Innovation, Teacher Role
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