The bitter cold that has shut down many schools across the Midwest has spawned an unofficial "singing superintendents" challenge as school leaders jockey to be the most creative in their closure announcements.
An Indiana superintendent is facing fraud charges for claiming a sick student was her own son in order to get him emergency medical treatment.
With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, school districts are finding ways to help students and families who are not getting paid as the impasse drags on.
With the Los Angeles Unified school district pledging to keep schools open during the strike, principals are feeling the burden.
School officials are worried about students who depend on the federal free-and-reduced price lunch program, as well as the financial and emotional toll on students whose parents are no longer receiving a paycheck.
Aimy Steele, the former North Carolina principal who challenged a longtime incumbent in the state house of representatives and lost by less than 2,000 votes in the November midterm election, is revving up her campaign for the same seat.
Principals also wanted to know about driving school improvement, finding a healthy work-life balance, and keeping students safe amid news of school shootings.
The student was given the choice of cutting his dreadlocks or forfeiting the match. A video of the incident elicited outrage online and on social media.
Wendy Shirey, principal of Pinecrest Academy Horizon in Henderson, Nev., was awarded the $25,000 cash prize, which is known as the "Oscars of Teaching."
Cordova attended the city's public schools, and has served as teacher, principal, director of teaching and learning, and deputy superintendent.