The schools ranked in the bottom 5 percent academically statewide for at least the last three years. Under the agreement, the schools will remain open at least another three years.
So far, the policy change led the district to cancel a band trip to Canada and an education exchange to Osaka, Japan.
The Chicago school district sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state board of education alleging that state school funding discriminated against Chicago's largely poor, Hispanic, and black students.
A judge sentenced Byrd-Bennett to more than four years for her role in a more than $20 million kickback scheme while she was superintendent of the Chicago schools.
Joe Gothard, the superintendent of the nearby Burnsville-Egan-Savage school district, has been tapped to run the St. Paul school system.
The principal from Florida's Pinellas County district has apologized for suggesting a small number of white students in a predominately black school be placed in class together.
Nikolai Vitti has led the Duval County school district in Jacksonville, Fla., since 2012. While Detroit is a smaller district, the new job would bring Vitti closer to his roots.
The Buffalo School Board asked New York state education commissioner to remove Carl Paladino from the board for allegedly disclosing confidential information discussed in executive board sessions.
S. Dallas Dance has led the 112,000-student district, which is among the nation's 30 largest, since 2012.
The report on facilities use in the Indianapolis school district said the district could save more than $4 million annually by closing three of its seven high schools.