A retired U.S. Education Department official says that improvement in the city's test scores predate the arrival of Michelle Rhee.
The formation of the panel is required under city law, said the mayor.
The former White House Chief of Staff, currently leading in the polls, is also in favor of expanding afterschool programs.
Two internal candidates are breaking the trend of keeping superintendent searches veiled in secrecy.
Eric Nadelstern, once considered a candidate for chancellor, is stepping down after nearly 40 years in New York schools.
Wisconsin's Milwaukee Public Schools today announced it has won a five-year, $20 million grant from the GE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of General Electric Co., to overhaul its math and science curriculum.
Infighting and a leadership breakdown on Atlanta's school board led an accrediting group to put the city's high schools on probation today.
The school board voted last year to end a policy of school assignments based on socioeconomic status.
The standards would lead to meals with less fat and sodium, but the changes may come at a cost, district officials say.
A new majority on the North Carolina board has done away with school assignments based on socioeconomic diversity, but critics wonder if the new plan will lead to resegregation.