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Recruitment & Retention Can Cushy Perks Keep Superintendents From Quitting?
Recent contracts aim to keep big-city superintendents with provisions like eye-popping salaries, sabbaticals, and retirement contributions.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 4, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion The New Problem Facing Urban School Districts
Big city district leaders across the nation may have to know how to downsize, write two education experts who have been through a reset.
Van Schoales & Brian Eschbacher, February 25, 2022
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School & District Management Interactive Masks, Vaccines & Testing: How the Biggest City School Districts Operated in Fall 2021
Education Week tracked COVID-19 protocols for some of America’s largest school districts at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.
Tonya Harris, August 30, 2021
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School & District Management The Fastest-Improving City School Districts Aren't the Ones You Might Expect
An analysis of how much city districts are overcoming their demographic odds reveals some surprising success stories as well as others where progress is slipping.
Stephen Sawchuk, July 1, 2021
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School & District Management Interactive In-Person or Remote Learning: How the Biggest City School Districts Are Operating
Track how 75 of the largest school districts were providing learning to students in 2021 in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tonya Harris, February 8, 2021
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School & District Management Race and Schools Are at the Core of Trump's 'Suburban Lifestyle Dream'
The president’s supposed suburban ideal draws attention to the ongoing debate about how housing and schools are inextricably linked. What does the “Suburban Lifestyle Dream” have to do with education?
Andrew Ujifusa, August 10, 2020
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School & District Management As Districts Seek Revenue Due to Pandemic, Black Homeowners May Feel the Biggest Hit
New research redoubles attention to the property tax burden on Black communities as recession-slammed districts look to make up for slumping income and sales taxes.
Daarel Burnette II, July 23, 2020
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Tara LeRoy, left, and her daughter Bailey, 10, tend their pony at their home in Palmyra, Wis. LeRoy has joined with other parents in seeking ways the Palmyra-Eagle district could stave off dissolving because of financial pressures.
Tara LeRoy, left, and her daughter Bailey, 10, tend their pony at their home in Palmyra, Wis. LeRoy has joined with other parents in seeking ways the Palmyra-Eagle district could stave off dissolving because of financial pressures.
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Student Well-Being Open Enrollment Has Drained One District. It's Looking to Dissolve
Wisconsin’s Palmyra-Eagle district has lost more than half its students in the last decade, sparking a fiscal crisis. A special board is deciding whether the district should be allowed to dissolve.
Daarel Burnette II, December 10, 2019
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Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Andy Beshear appears at the state Democrtic Party's election night watch event.
Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Andy Beshear appears at the state Democrtic Party's election night watch event.
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School & District Management Education Issues Resonate in Governors' Races
This year's November elections—a preview to next year's nationwide showdowns—cast their own spotlight on education, a dynamic that played out most prominently in the Kentucky governor's race, where teachers organized to unseat a combative incumbent who'd sparred with them.
Evie Blad, November 12, 2019
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Equity & Diversity Study: Black Gentrifiers May Be More Likely to Send Children to Neighborhood Schools
A new study of gentrification's effects on neighborhood schools finds differing impacts based on the race and ethnicity of the new families moving in.
Christina A. Samuels, November 12, 2019
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School & District Management Total Dysfunction in Providence, R.I., Schools? Here's Some Context You Need to Know
A report outlines a horrifically low level of achievement in the district—and most of the contributing factors were open secrets.
Stephen Sawchuk, June 27, 2019
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School & District Management Opinion There Is Rampant Distrust in Education. Here's How to Fix That
Is it possible to replace a culture of long-simmering distrust? Only if education leaders make some serious changes, writes Katherine Schultz.
Katherine Schultz, June 19, 2019
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Student Well-Being Opinion How the EPA's Deregulation Could Worsen Chronic Absenteeism
Increased air pollution threatens students' academic success more than you might think, warns physician and former classroom teacher Kunal Sindhu.
Kunal Sindhu, April 17, 2019
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Budget & Finance Philadelphia Superintendent on Leading Through a Financial Crisis and Raising Expectations For Students
William Hite became Philly's schools chief in 2012 when the district was in severe financial straits. In a wide-ranging interview with Education Week, he talks about lessons he's learned and how his leadership philosophy has evolved in one of the most challenged urban districts in the country.
Denisa R. Superville, March 29, 2019
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