The mayor's management of the 409,000-school district has shut out parents, says a group of public school advocates and the city's teachers union.
Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of the D.C. Public Schools, was one of the year's top news makers for District Dossier.
Anthony J. Tata has 28 years of military experience and is a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy.
A Rhee deputy will remain the city's interim chancellor for now.
The city voters will choose in no more than 60 days whether to merge the Memphis district with the surrounding Shelby County district.
A report by the Government Accountability Office reveals that schools hire teachers and other workers with histories of sexual misconduct, partly because of weak systems of background checks.
Cathie Black, in an interview with a New York television station Sunday, says that she listens and is a consensus builder.
School boards' embrace of standards and the benefits of stability may be behind the trend, says an urban schools' group.
Publishing executive Cathie Black's path to the leadership position is now clear after a state official granted her the waiver necessary for her to take job.
Shael Polakow-Suransky, the district's current chief accountability officer, reportedly will serve as Cathleen P. Black's chief academic officer.