The Minneapolis school board picked Sergio Paez as the new superintendent in December. Paez's candidacy was derailed after the publication of a report by a Massachusetts advocacy group that alleged that some special education students had been mistreated at a school in Paez's former district.
King becomes the first woman in more than 80 years, and the first African-American woman, to lead the nation's second-largest school district.
The lawsuit, filed in December 2014 by the American Civil Liberties Union, alleges that the at-large voting system dilutes the African-American vote.
The coordinated "sickouts," where teachers call out sick en masse, began in November as teachers continue to voice their displeasure with pay, benefits, and class sizes.
A state budget impasse has forced school districts to borrow nearly $1 billion since last July.
Research has tied low levels of lead in blood to learning disabilities, poor classroom performance, impaired growth, and even hearing loss.
A new report brief from the New York City's Independent Budget Office says that students who attended schools that were being phased-out were more likely to graduate with a local diploma, which is less rigorous than the state's Regents diploma.
The survey also reveals that most superintendents believe that measuring the success of schools should include factors such as student engagement and student hope.
A report by the North Carolina state auditor says that Joseph Davis misspent or did not provide the necessary documentation to support thousands of dollars in expenditures while serving as superintendent of Washington County Schools.
Race, education disparities, school-leader standards, and criminal proceedings (in Atlanta and Chicago) were among the top stories on the District Dossier blog.