Governance and Leadership

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School Superintendents Head for the Exits

In big districts, brand-new leaders fill vacancies
About 200 people protested the removal of merit-based admissions at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia. The author is in the front, in pink.

How “Mama Bears” Won a Court Victory—and Helped Elect a Governor—in Virginia

Immigrant parents from Asia fight discrimination in admissions at a top high school
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Marcus Foster Raised Expectations for All Students

Historian John P. Spencer on one of the first Black superintendents of a large urban district
The San Francisco school- board recall effort was led by parents Siva Raj (left) and Autumn Looijen.

School Board Shakeup in San Francisco

Arrogance, incompetence, and woke rhetoric trigger successful recall effort
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“It Felt Like Guerrilla Warfare”

Student achievement levels in the Nation’s Report Card: a brief history of “basic,” “proficient,” and “advanced”
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Locally Elected School Boards Are Failing

Pandemic stress-tested school governance, revealing many flaws
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona watches as President Joe Biden speaks to students in a classroom during a visit to Luis Muñoz Marin Elementary School in Philadelphia, Friday, March 11, 2022.

New Biden Rules Would Slow Charter Growth

Parents, governors register objections to proposed changes
A seven-member elected board governs the Denver Public Schools. Now that the pandemic’s disruption is receding, the board appears poised to renew its efforts to roll back reform.

Dismantling Denver

The city was a national model for education reform. Then union-backed candidates took over the school board.

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