The Council of the Great City Schools and the National Association of Secondary School Principals say the spending blueprint will hamstring efforts to educate public school students.
The state's school reform office identified 38 schools statewide for potential closure because they have ranked in the bottom 5 percent academically for three straight years.
In her first outing before the Council of the Great City Schools, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she was agnostic about the type of schools as long as the needs of parents and children are met.
Urban superintendents and school board members dove into sessions on state and federal education policy, school governance, English-language learners, and initiatives supporting males of color at the Council of the Great City Schools conference.
Nearly a quarter of school buildings were rated in "fair" or "poor" condition, The American Society of Civil Engineers said in its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is expected to address superintendents and school board members from the country's largest school districts in Washington, D.C., on Monday at the annual legislative conference of the Council of the Great City Schools.
Los Angeles school board president Steve Zimmer will face a run-off election against challenger Nick Melvion in one of two runoffs for two seats on the Los Angeles School Board.
The National Center on Teacher Quality named eight districts as its first ever "Great Districts For Great Teachers" for their initiatives in the areas of recruitment and support.
The Grammy-award winning rapper, who attended Chicago public schools, urged companies to donate to the city's schools and pledged to give $10,000 for every $100,000 donated.
The Alexandria, Va., school district said more than 300 staffers had requested leave on Wednesday, March 8, International Women's Day and the day of a planned women's strike.