Education Secretary Arne Duncan, as well as those representing states and school districts, discussed proposals to improve assessments amid debate about "overtesting" at a panel in Washington.
The National Policy Board for Educational Administration approved new standards for school leaders after a lengthy revision process.
After debates about confederate symbols on school grounds, the Montgomery County school board in southwestern Virginia plans to ban symbols that would interfere with learning from school property.
Barbara-Byrd Bennett pleaded guilty to defrauding the Chicago schools. Now, a contract she awarded during her time in the Detroit schools is getting another look.
Barbara Byrd-Bennett was accused of steering about $23 million in no-bid contracts to a former employer in exchange for kickbacks.
The new law, which takes into effect on Jan. 1 of next year, makes California the first state in the nation to ban public schools from using the term.
William "Bill" Isler has served on the Pittsburgh School Board for the last 16 years.
The 23-count indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice alleges that Barbara Byrd-Bennett steered the more than $20 million in contracts to her former employers.
The state took over Jersey City's school district in 1989, citing "total educational failure."
The Council of the Great City Schools' annual conference for big-city district leaders will include discussions on education equity, principal pipelines, teacher effectiveness, and more.