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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks about his plan to overhaul the public education system in Detroit, including the district school system, charters in the city, and schools run separately by a state-run district.
—Charles V. Tines/The Detroit News/AP

Probe Muddies Efforts to Fix Detroit's Schools

A federal investigation of alleged corruption in Michigan's state-run school district may complicate Gov. Rick Snyder's turnaround plans for the city's school system. (November 5, 2015)

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This state-by-state graphic shows the percentage of students that attend school districts that spend at or above the national average ($11,841 per pupil).
May 2, 2016 - Education Week
In this graphic, each dot represents a school district in a given state. Greater distance between dots indicates greater disparities in funding.
May 2, 2016 - Education Week
Efforts to increase college persistence, especially for low-income, first-generation students, are catching on in some charter schools.
April 19, 2016 - Education Week
Use this interactive map to see how much your district spends on students and how per-pupil spending compares across the nation.
April 18, 2016 - Education Week
In the wake of the Flint, Mich., water crisis, more school districts are reporting elevated levels of lead in their water.
March 21, 2016 - Education Week
A Chicago study finds that when students who are "big fish" in their neighborhood schools move to higher-achieving ones, they may pay an academic price.
March 15, 2016 - Education Week
Amid scrutiny of the role of school resource officers in public schools, the Georgia school system plans to end its security contract with the Atlanta police department and form its own security team that is “aligned with its social-emotional learning approach,” the district has announced.
March 15, 2016 - Education Week
A small number of charters try to keep racial and income balance by giving groups of students, such as English-learners, a better chance of admission.
March 8, 2016 - Education Week
New efforts aim to head off teacher biases by running preservice students through simulations or embedding them in urban neighborhoods.
February 16, 2016 - Education Week
Plans to streamline the application process for district and charter schools face parent resistance in some cities.
February 16, 2016 - Education Week

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