The districts, which will be awarded $1 million in scholarship money for their students, represent some newcomers to the competition as well as two repeat finalists.
Michael Miles is expected to be confirmed by the district's school board later this month.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigated more than 14,700 districts and found roughly 200 with schools that had unusual swings in student scores on standardized tests.
More than a dozen school districts are taking part in a leadership fellowship sponsored by the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) charter network, in order to learn how the network trains its school leaders. The KIPP Leadership Design Fellowship, which is funded through a $50 million federal Investing in Innovation grant, has also brought together representatives from charter management organizations and educator training programs. The group will meet at least three times between now and October, and will cover areas such as leadership development, principal training and residencies, and evaluation and support of school leaders. The first meeting is taking ...
The $550 million competition will allow direct federal support to districts working to improve their academic performance.
The nonprofit group New Schools for New Orleans recently released a guide on the lessons it has learned in creating a decentralized network of charter schools for other urban districts that may want to follow its lead.
The What Works Clearinghouse said that a study of district- and charter-run schools in Philadelphia did not measure those schools' academic growth against schools with similar achievement levels.
The Bentonville, Ark.-based organization continued its support for organizations that promote charter schools and school choice.
Eugene G. White, who has led the Indianapolis district since 2005, is originally from Alabama.
In exchange, the district must provide significant new protections to prevent the harassment of students who are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.