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.
Highland Park, a district of fewer than 1,000 students facing a large budget deficit, will have both an emergency financial manager and assistance from Detroit schools, which is also under emergency management.
A court ruling invalidated the state takeover of the struggling district, but the changes should not slow down plans to stabilize the school system, said Bridgeport schools chief Paul G. Vallas.
The District of Columbia school system is under investigation by federal and local officials based on allegations of test tampering.
The Highland Park district near Detroit is operating with a $11 million deficit, and may be placed under state control.
The foundation is expanding the number of judges who select the winner of the prize for high-performing urban districts.
The school board says that some top officials will no longer be required to live within the boundaries of the 157,000-student Texas district.
The results of the first year of a school turnaround effort in some of the district's K-8 schools shows an improvement in reading and math scores.
A teacher accused of abusing his elementary school students has prompted a deeper investigation into how the district handles allegations of misconduct.
The board replaced the policy, blamed for contributing to a school culture that lead to bullying, and eventually the suicides, of several gay students, with one that promotes "a respectful learning environment in which teachers facilitate student discussions of contentious topics in a balanced and impartial manner."