Lisa Gibes is 50CAN’s vice president of strategy and external relations. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:

News and Analysis:
Boston School Turnaround Spurred By Giving Teachers More Power

Six low-performing Boston schools participating in a pilot program that gives teachers more training, support, and leadership roles are showing higher growth on state tests than other low-performing city schools according to a report released Monday by the non-profit Teach Plus. (Huffington Post) 

El Paso School Board Defies State Takeover
The El Paso school board is taking steps to challenge a state takeover, the El Paso Times reports. The board voted late last night to request a review of Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams’ decision to dissolve the school board and replace it with a new board of managers. (Education Week – District Dossier) 

New Jersey:
Promise vs. Reality in Newark on Mayor’s Watch

When snow blanketed this city two Christmases ago, Mayor Cory A. Booker was celebrated around the nation for personally shoveling out residents who had appealed for help on Twitter. But here, his administration was scorned as streets remained impassable for days because the city had no contract for snow removal. (New York Times) 

New York:
New York Teacher Evaluation Scores Exposed In Computer Glitch

About 10,500 New York City fourth- through eighth-grade teachers were to receive their evaluation scores through email Tuesday, but a computer error made very public what was meant to be confidential information, the New York Daily News reports. (Huffington Post) 

District wants to close 37 schools and relocate or reconfigure dozens more

Saying the struggling Philadelphia School District is “out of time and out of options,” new Superintendent William Hite has unveiled a sweeping plan to close 37 school buildings by next fall. All told, the District will call for 44 schools to be closed or relocated and nearly two dozen more to undergo grade changes. (Notebook) 


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