Governance

Second grader Ernesto Beltran Pastrana puts on his face mask while attending class during the first day of partial in-person instruction at Garfield Elementary School in Oakland, Calif. on March 30, 2021.
Second grader Ernesto Beltran Pastrana puts on his face mask while attending class during the first day of partial in-person instruction at Garfield Elementary School in Oakland, Calif., in March.
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School & District Management Masks or No Masks: School Leaders Say They Can't Make Anyone Happy
More states are passing the buck on masking requirements to districts—and superintendents say their decisions are bound to displease someone.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 29, 2021
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School & District Management How America's Leaders Have Failed Educators on COVID-19
Principals and superintendents are caught between politicians’ demands, an anxious public, and experts’ contrary advice about the path forward during the pandemic. The unspoken message: You’re on your own.
Andrew Ujifusa, July 16, 2020
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Servepro employee Joseph Felks cleans chairs and other items at Joyner Elementary School in Tupelo, Miss., as the Tupelo Public School District conducts a cleaning of all its campuses to help combat the spread of the coronavirus while the students are on spring break.
Servepro employee Joseph Felks cleans chairs and other items at Joyner Elementary School in Tupelo, Miss., as the Tupelo Public School District conducts a cleaning of all its campuses to help combat the spread of the coronavirus while the students are on spring break.
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School & District Management Superintendents on Hot Seat in Executing School Closures
Many are whipsawed by shutdown recommendations aimed at stemming the coronavirus, and the logistical and financial consequences of those actions.
Daarel Burnette II, March 16, 2020
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School & District Management Face It, School Governance Is a Mess
Centuries of fighting over racial justice, federalism, and taxation has left us a tangled web of K-12 governance. It’s time to start untangling.
Daarel Burnette II, January 7, 2020
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School & District Management Cosmetics and Clothes: Parents Misspent $700,000 in Arizona's School Choice Program
An audit by Arizona’s attorney general revealed that parents with children in the state’s education savings account program were making prohibited purchases with public money meant for educational purposes.
Arianna Prothero, November 19, 2018
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Every Student Succeeds Act Video Under ESSA, Who’s in Charge of Education Policy?
The Every Student Succeeds Act reshapes the relationship between the federal government and states when it comes to education policy. But as we move into the implementation phase of this new federal law, state superintendents, boards, governors, and legislators are all jockeying over who gets to wield the new policy flexibility ESSA offers—who will be making the key decisions on where and how money should be spent? State policy reporter Daarel Burnette II discusses what lies ahead at the state level. This video was filmed following Education Week’s virtual summit on ESSA, where online participants submitted their questions about the upcoming implementation of the new federal law.
June 12, 2018
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A 2016 portrait of New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.
A 2016 portrait of New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.
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School & District Management Search to Fill One of Education's Biggest Jobs Begins as New York City Chief Steps Down
Who Mayor Bill de Blasio has in mind for his next chancellor isn't yet clear, but experts say the job requires a hard-to-find combination of someone with credibility as an educator and the acumen to navigate the rough-and-tumble politics of New York City.
Corey Mitchell, December 21, 2017
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School & District Management Opinion The Trump Budget's Assault on Reason
President Trump's proposed budget is an attack on what actually makes America great—our commitment to rational inquiry, openness and educating all of our citizens—argues Marc Tucker.
Marc Tucker, March 23, 2017
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School & District Management In Some States, a Tug of War Over ESSA Plans
Now that states are moving to take on new authority over K-12 policy under the Every Student Succeeds Act, skirmishes are breaking out in several states over who's in charge.
Daarel Burnette II, December 13, 2016
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School & District Management Georgia Voters to Decide State's Role in Struggling Schools
A ballot measure would alter the state constitution to allow a special district to intervene in low-performing schools.
Denisa R. Superville, October 25, 2016
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Five Lessons From an Outgoing School Chancellor: After nearly six years on the job, Kaya Henderson is stepping down as the chancellor for the public schools of the District of Columbia. Prior to her current role, Henderson served as Chancellor Michele Rhee’s deputy. Henderson is pictured here at her confirmation hearing before the City Council on June 16, 2011, following eight months as interim chancellor after Rhee’s departure.
After nearly six years on the job, Kaya Henderson is stepping down as the chancellor for the public schools of the District of Columbia. Prior to her current role, Henderson served as Chancellor Michele Rhee’s deputy. Henderson is pictured here at her confirmation hearing before the City Council on June 16, 2011, following eight months as interim chancellor after Rhee’s departure.
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School & District Management Opinion Five Lessons From an Outgoing School Chancellor
Kaya Henderson reflects on her tenure as she prepares to step down from her post as schools chief in the nation's capital.
Kaya Henderson, September 27, 2016
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School & District Management Opinion A Stunning Report From the National Conference of State Legislatures
A new report from a bipartisan group of state legislators shows how U.S. states can learn from the world's top performers and build an education system to compete with the very best.
Marc Tucker, August 9, 2016
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International Opinion Looking for a Good Education Planning Model? Consider Shanghai's
Marc Tucker gives an inside look at how Shanghai developed an education reform agenda that was inclusive, thoughtful and effective.
Marc Tucker, July 7, 2016
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School & District Management Opinion School Boards Must Narrow Their Focus
School boards spend too much time on routine and not enough on issues that could have an impact on student achievement, writes Cathy Mincberg.
Cathy Mincberg, June 7, 2016
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