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School Board Approves Agreement With the Children's School
ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 20 -- The Arlington Public Schools issued the following news release:

The School Board approved a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Children's School (TCS) at the Oct. 19 meeting. The MOU was developed collaboratively by TCS and APS for the Integration Station (IS) program.

TCS is a private, nonprofit cooperative daycare for children of APS employees, and Integration Station is an APS special education preschool program. Both programs are currently co-located in the Reed Building, which will be redeveloped into a new elementary school scheduled to open in 2021. ... Show Full Article

Learning-Focused Conversations
SEATTLE, Oct. 20 -- Seattle Public Schools issued the following news:

As an educational leader and public servant, my priority is to empower others to serve students well.

We have made historic gains over the past four years. Together with our community partners, including Seattle Education Association and Seattle Council PTSA, Seattle Public Schools educators, school leaders and central office are continuing our district's journey toward educational excellence for all students.

We have expanded preschool access across our city and increased the graduation rate for students of color. We have ... Show Full Article

Eliminating Opportunity Gaps Institute
SEATTLE, Oct. 20 -- Seattle Public Schools issued the following news:

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) recently held the first Eliminating Opportunity Gaps (EOG) Institute at Chief Sealth High School.

The EOG Institute serves as training, sharing, brainstorming school for creating strategies for racial justice. The district believes passionately in the power of ideas to change practices and behaviors. During working session throughout the day, district and school leaders, teachers, and community leaders engaged with speakers and each other to create equitable solutions for eliminating opportunity ... Show Full Article

Congressman Francis Rooney Recognizes School District Efforts During Hurricane Irma
FORT MYERS, Fla., Oct. 20 -- The Lee County School District has issued the following news:

Today, Congressman Francis Rooney met with District Administrators, Principals, teachers and staff of the Lee County School District to recognize them for their service during Hurricane Irma.

"I thank the teachers, staff and members of the Lee County School District for their dedication during and following Hurricane Irma. During the storm, their volunteer efforts in staffing area shelters was invaluable. As our community rebuilds, it is reassuring to know we have hard-working community leaders devoted ... Show Full Article

CPS School Ratings Show Academic Quality Remains Strong Throughout the City
CHICAGO, Oct. 20 -- Chicago Public Schools issued the following news release:

Chicago Public Schools today published School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) results for the 2017-18 school year, which show that 80 percent of CPS schools achieved the highest schools quality levels this year. In the first year of this SQRP model, 68 percent of schools received the three highest quality ratings. Data published today also shows an increase in the number of schools moving out of Intensive Support and into Good Standing, which indicates that more schools that can operate with greater autonomy than they had ... Show Full Article

CPS Finalizes District Enrollment for 2017-18 School Year
CHICAGO, Oct. 20 -- Chicago Public Schools issued the following news release:

Chicago Public Schools today released official enrollment counts for the 2017-18 school year, based on student enrollment on the 20th day of the school year. Because CPS is on much stronger financial footing, the district announced earlier this month that it would not reduce funding for schools where enrollment fell below projections this year.

Based on the 20th day of the school year, CPS enrollment rates for the 2017-18 school year are as follows:

* System-wide for SY 17-18: 371,382

* District-run K-12 schools: ... Show Full Article

CMSD's Work on Display at Conference
CLEVELAND, Oct. 20 -- The Cleveland Metropolitan School District issued the following news:

Wherever you turned this week at the downtown Hilton Hotel and Huntington Convention Center, CMSD was displaying its work for urban educators from across the country.

CMSD not only hosted the Council of the Great City Schools' annual fall conference, the District outlined a variety of initiatives being carried out under The Cleveland Plan, a customized blueprint for education reform in the city. The District participated in 18 of 75 small-group presentations, in each case sharing the platform with at least ... Show Full Article