The governor cut the salaries of the state's 44 regional superintendents, who provide support services to school districts throughout the state, calling them an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy.
During the federal government's second national bullying conference, students and members of the administration shared haunting stories of bullying gone unchecked.
The state vote gives the school system two years to turn around, or face a state takeover.
Boston, Central Falls, R.I., and Sacramento, Calif. will join a handful of other of other school systems to receive funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for forging collaborative relationships with charter schools.
The resignations, along with the recent departure of former superintendent Arlene Ackerman, means that Philadelphia will be facing new leaders at the helm.
The district and the Tacoma Education Association have been negotiating without success since May 31.
Striking teachers say they're looking for a fair teacher reassignment policy and smaller class sizes.
Middle-class schools educate the most students, but have surprisingly low achievement results, according to Third Way, a think-tank advocating moderate policy ideas.
The anonymous donors who pledged to support the deal withdrew in the face of suspicion over the deal.
School leader groups note that private-sector executives earn far more.