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Marie Feagins, a longtime student advocate, faces new tests as Memphis superintendent

To dig in to her new job as superintendent of Memphis-Shelby County Schools, Marie Feagins took her seat at a desk. Not her own desk at district headquarters, but a student desk in a classroom.

Denver Public Schools hires its first director of Latinx Student Success

Following the release of a report that revealed “serious barriers” for Latino students in Denver Public Schools, the district has hired its first director of Latinx Student Success.

I go to a high school for pregnant and parenting students. It has put graduation within reach.

About a year ago, I was 16, seven months pregnant, and living in my car with my boyfriend. We showered at gas stations and bought grilled cheese sandwiches at Walmart. I worried that we wouldn’t be able to provide for the daughter I would soon have. Some days, I felt utterly defeated.

How the ‘Southlake Playbook’ brought partisan battles to America’s school boards

Southlake’s fight began after a series of racist incidents spurred local officials to roll out a plan to make the affluent Carroll Independent School District more inclusive. Then came the backlash.

Study finds segregation increasing in large districts—and school choice is a factor

Two main factors are driving the increase: the end of most court oversight that required school districts to create integrated schools, and policies that favor school choice and parental preference.

Chicago’s moratorium on school closings could last until 2027, under new proposal

The state legislature's proposal emerged in response a Chicago school board resolution to move away from school choice and invest more in neighborhood schools.

Chicago Teachers Union reveals some key contract demands

The Chicago Teachers Union wants its next contract to include raising the salary floor for paraprofessionals, more dual language programs, sports and fine arts programs for every school, and more Sustainable Community Schools.

Inside a unique public microschool in Indianapolis

Purdue Polytechnic High School Lab School is unique among the dozens of loosely defined microschools around Indiana, which are usually very small private schools. But like the other models, it emphasizes customized education for students.

Rushed at school lunch: Colorado considers a “time-to-eat” task force

Anyelin Ortega told Colorado lawmakers recently that the lunch line at her high school can be 25 minutes long, often leaving the 17-year-old only five minutes to finish her food.

Principals, district leaders will be trained on managing conflict in the Detroit school district

The budget for the 2024-25 school year would include money to cover training for school and district leaders that would coach them on “how you manage change, how you manage conflict, how you manage disagreement.”

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