The districts, which serve about 300,000 students, require federal intervention to close off one branch of the school-to-prison pipeline, the groups say.
New bills would allow Michigan to dissolve bankrupt districts.
Virginia is getting closer to starting a new state-run district.
Protesters call for more attention to be paid to charter schools' expulsion policies in Chicago.
The corporate titan of fun is a sought-after provider of professional development for school districts.
Two dozen schools received letters containing threatening and disturbing content.
Fifty-five districts in the state are running a deficit this year, which is the most the state has ever seen.
A desegregation case near Augusta, Ga., is up for a hearing that may end court-ordered busing in the district.
Youth Connection Charter Schools serve thousands of dropouts from Chicago public schools and have helped drive down the city's overall dropout rate.
Muskegon Heights, a school district in Michigan run by a for-profit company, nears the end of its first year.