Test tampering in Atlanta, Arlene Ackerman's departure from Philadelphia: both were among the most-read blog posts in District Dossier in 2011.
The state's school leaders have offered unanimous support to a package of wide-ranging proposals they say will improve education in the state and reduce achievement gaps.
According to state law, students in Kansas City will be eligible to transfer to surrounding school districts on Jan. 1.
Say Yes to Education, currently working with the school district in Syracuse, will partner with community groups to offer comprehensive supports for Buffalo families.
Paul G. Vallas said he plans to serve in an interim role to stabilize the district for a permanent schools chief.
Investigators found educators in 11 schools who admitted to extensive cheating during the 2009 administration of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.
The eight-year-old district is seen as being on the cutting edge of education reform, but has also faced some challenges.
John Covington, who will oversee a district of low-performing schools in the state, says that the current education system is "outdated."
The state took over three New Jersey districts more than a decade ago, but observers on the ground say the results have been mixed.
John White, who has lead the Recovery School District since the spring, could be moving into the position vacated earlier this year by Paul Pastorek.