Funding for one, along with teacher morale and attendance, according to a new survey by MCH Strategic Data.
Former Montana state schools chief Denise Juneau will take the helm in Seattle, where she will be the city's third superintendent in six years. Juneau, the daughter of educators, was the first Native American woman elected to statewide office in the nation's history.
About 500 people submitted their names or were nominated for one of the nine spots on the new Philadelphia school board, the first to oversee the district since the state seized control in 2001.
Tulsa Superintendent Deborah Gist is backing the teacher walkouts in her state to push lawmakers for higher pay for teachers, support staff, and more funding for public schools. She said Tulsa's schools will remain closed for as long as teachers are out.
While spending on K-12 overall will go up in the recently signed federal budget, a small grant program to help recruit, coach, and mentor principals and assistant principals in high-need districts was eliminated.
Urban school districts call for a ban on assault weapons, $1 billion for mental-health services and counseling, and another $1 billion to local districts with safety training and building upgrades.
Ras Baraka, a former principal who is running for re-election this year, said aggressive charter school growth could "suck the life" out of traditional public schools, according to Chalkbeat.
The group is focused on creating a diverse pipeline of education leaders.
Chancellor Carmen Fariña will leave the New York City school system this month, after a 52-year career working in the city's public schools.
David Harris, who started The Mind Trust in 2006, will lead a new, national education organization, which will launch later this year.