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Press Secretary Daren Briscoe Leaving Education Department Politics K12: U.S. Department of Education spokesman-in-chief Daren Briscoe, who has helped manage the communications effort around No Child Left Behind Act waivers, will leave his post at the end of August to become a vice president for GMMB, a public relations and consulting firm in Washington.

Parents calls on feds to investigate ‘unfair’ concentration of bad teachers NY Post: A pro-Bloomberg administration parents group is planning to file a civil-rights complaint that calls for an investigation of what it says is the unfair concentration of ineffective teachers in the city’s highest-needs schools.
Schools Chief in Bridgeport Is Under Fire WSJ: Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that Mr. Vallas, who doesn't have an advanced education degree, did an end-run around state requirements for superintendents. Mr. Vallas failed to complete a program that had been tailored for him to satisfy the requirements, the judge said in her June 28 decision.
Recess time headed for a rocky road Catalyst: Lack of money to hire staff to supervise children was a problem, one that is likely to worsen given the budget cuts already reported by some schools.  And a survey of parents from 20 schools by the group POWER-PAC found that schools didn’t always view recess as a requirement. 
CPS cuts into schools’ cellphone tower cash deals Sun Times: It was a way for a number of cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools to generate a little extra income on their own: leasing roof space to cellular phone companies looking for a place to erect their towers.

City schools should cut $200M over 5 years, panel advises Columbus Dispatch: Columbus City Schools should cut or “slow the rate of growth” of its nonteaching operations by $200 million over the next five years, without reducing student safety or nutrition, a committee of Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman's Education Commission

Bankrupt in Philadelphia: Could This Happen to Your School District? TakePart: Conner also points out that what is happening in Philadelphia has already occurred in Chicago. “It is no coincidence that the Philadelphia School District is facing a plight similar to that of theChicago public schools, with mass school closing.


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