Sergio Paez most recently served as superintendent of the Holyoke, Mass., district, which the state of Massachusetts took over this year because of years of chronic underperformance.
The first-of-their-kind professional standards for administrators who manage principals are meant to steer their roles to ones of robust support for school principals.
Merryl Tisch, the chancellor of New York state's Board of Regents, said New York City's $400 million "Renewal Schools" program for low-performing schools was, in some cases, allowing "failure" to persist.
Susana Cordova, Denver's chief of schools, will be acting superintendent while current schools chief Tom Boasberg takes six months of unpaid family leave.
A number of schools across the country are weighing similar changes as residents question whether schools named for Confederate figures are offensive to an increasingly diverse student body.
New professional standards for educational leaders, formerly known as the ISLLC standards, stress principals' role in hiring, developing rigorous curriculum, promoting equity, and managing school operations.
A New York City pilot program to promote diversity will allow seven elementary schools to set aside seats for low-income students, English-language learners, or students in the child welfare system.
Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest school district, is looking for a politically-savvy and experienced instructional leader (with additional traits) to run the school district.
Tom Boasberg, Denver's superintendent for the last seven years, will explore Latin American with his family. He plans to return to the district next summer.
As part of a proposal, suspensions would be used as a last resort for pre-K-2nd grade students in the Houston district. The district will focus on training staff in positive engagement and de-escalation techniques.