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‘Empowerment Zone’ offers hope to failing schools

Lauren Barack
April, 2017

Six Springfield, Massachusetts, middle schools, flagged as close to failing by the state two years ago, seized an unusual opportunity to run themselves.

Family sets tradition of school leadership

Angela Pascopella
January, 2017
PRUSATOR SUMMIT—The Prusator education superintendents get together about four times per year, sometimes bouncing ideas off each other. They joke that one of them will “get it right.” Clockwise from top left, Jeff Prusator, Todd Prusator, father, Robert, who is retired, and Bob Prusator.

School superintendency is a family business for the Prusators. Todd Prusator leads Community Consolidated School District 231 in a small community 70 miles west of Chicago. His two brothers, Bob and Jeff, also are Illinois superintendents, all within about 30 miles of each other in the northwest corner of the state. 

ESSA: What it changes for educators

Michael Gagne
October, 2016

By revamping the much-maligned No Child Left Behind law of 2001 with the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015, the federal government gives states more control over their own school accountability standards. How much change occurs will depend directly on each state’s legislative actions

Detroit shifts debt, launches new district with local control

Avi Asher-Schapiro
September, 2016

Plan divides the schools into an “old” district—a legal entity which will pay down debt over time—and a new debt-free district known as the Detroit Public Schools Community District, which will be given a $150 million startup loan from the state.

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