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Friday Roundup: District News

By Dakarai I. Aarons — May 21, 2010 1 min read
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From lead poisoning to school turnarounds, there’s rarely a dull moment when it comes to the nation’s school districts. Here’s a look at some of the biggest issues in school systems across the country.

  • A trio of Denver principals received a legal opinion saying the district isviolating a school innovation law it championed by not giving the principals at schools with “innovation” status more control over how funding is allocated.

  • California schools are looking to outside money to shore up their budgets, which have been cut severely because of the state’s mammoth economic crisis. But finding a perfect match between grants and school needs is often elusive, says Emily Alpert of

  • High lead levels are having a real impacton the educational outcomes of Detroit schoolchildren, the Detroit Free Press reports. About 60 percent of DPS students who performed below their grade level on 2008 standardized tests had elevated lead levels, according to the research performed by the school district in conjunction with Detroit’s health department.

A version of this news article first appeared in the District Dossier blog.