The new fellows include a relief agency executive who ran schools in Kenya, an Indianapolis school principal, and a team leading a local public charter school.
The downgrade reflects the pressures of rising pension obligations following a state supreme court ruling last week that changes to the state's pension law in 2013 were unconstitutional.
Terms of the agreement will become public once the deal is finished. Cortines' current salary is $300,000 a year.
As Cleveland awaits a verdict in a high-profile police shooting case, schools are preparing for emotional discussions and safety concerns that may arise.
To earn the seal, D.C. students must demonstrate "cultural and communicative competency" in English and another language.
The draft policy standards, which were released on Monday for a second round of public comment, apply to school leaders, including principals, teacher-leaders and superintendents.
Pedro Martinez, the former superintendent of Washoe County in Reno, Nev., was appointed superintendent of the San Antonio school district.
Researchers from Atlanta-based Georgia State University also found little evidence that the cheating had a significant effect on student attendance or behavior.
The new nonprofit supported by private and philanthropic organizations will focus on eliminating opportunity gaps for boys and men of color.
Michael Casserly, the executive director of the Council of the Great City School, said the proposed new foundation will help sustain the council's efforts on equity and access in its districts after Mr. Obama leaves the White House.