| Jun 10, 2014
| 9:02 PM
The tenure and seniority system that has long protected California public school teachers, even ineffective ones, was struck down Tuesday in a court decision that could change hiring and firing policies nationwide.
Los Angeles County Superior Court...
| Jun 12, 2014
Earlier this year, we told you about a riveting case unfolding in a Los Angeles courtroom. Nine students — among them 15-year-old Beatriz Vergara — contended that strong job protections enshrined in state law, including teacher tenure, made it...
| May 15, 2014
Chicago Park District board President Dr. Bryan Traubert is stepping down as chairman of Chicago Run, the school-based running program he founded with his wife, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, in late 2007.
Traubert, an ophthalmologist and...
| May 18, 2014
| 6:52 PM
California voters haven't booted out a state schools chief in 32 years. They're not likely to this year, either. But don't bet the kids' college money on it.
This is a weird election, especially the June 3 primary. There's nothing really compelling on...
| May 7, 2014
| 7:02 AM
Florida 12th graders who took national math and reading tests last year did no better than counterparts who took similar exams four years earlier, according to results released this morning. Those NAEP scores showed similar "stagnation" among the nation's...
| May 8, 2014
| 3:03 PM
Marriotts Ridge High School senior Tianhao Gao approached taking the SAT with one primary objective: score well enough to prevent needing to take it a second time. To say she accomplished that goal is an understatement.
The Ellicott City resident, who...
| May 12, 2014
| 5:49 PM
Ted Mitchell, the former president of Occidental College, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as undersecretary of the Department of Education, in charge of issues affecting colleges and universities.
After leading Occidental from 1999 to 2005,...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 11:04 AM
The top watchdog at Chicago Public Schools, who was responsible for uncovering misdeeds by two school board presidents and dozens of school officials, will leave his post at the end of the month.
Jim Sullivan, who has been the district's inspector...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 2:44 PM
Federal education and justice officials unveiled during a visit to Baltimore on Wednesday the first set of national school discipline guidelines to reduce out-of-school suspensions and address the disproportionate suspension rates of students of color and...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 12:26 PM
The nation's top cop and principal visited Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore this week, but not for reasons you think.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Douglass to release federal...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 4:15 PM
Unable to raise the kind of campaign money Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner has collected, state Sen. Kirk Dillard has turned to the checkbook of his running mate.
Since October, state Rep. Jil Tracy and members of her family have provided...