About 40 Ohio school districts formed an advocacy group to push back against an "avalanche" of federal and state policies.
The Chicago school district will tap 25 high-performing school leaders who also have a strong record on school operations and community partnerships.
Chicago is staggering the start of the school day in a move it hopes will cut $13.5 million in transportation costs.
A district spokeswoman said the delay was not related to whether the district had enough money to cover payroll.
The new Backpack Index from Huntington Bank shows how a rise in estimated costs for school supplies could hurt low income families.
Carmen Fariña reflected on her first full-year leading the nation's largest public school system.
Robert "Bud" Spillane led two of the nation's largest school district, and is credited with rescuing one from the brink of disaster and pushing another to new heights.
The 21 districts, represented by former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, had argued that the state funding formula had deprived them of $240 million over the last six years. They plan to appeal.
Pastorek's appointment as co-executive director signals the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation's growing emphasis on pushing for state-run districts to improve the lowest-performing schools.
Citing health concerns and a need for fresh leadership, Achievement School District Superintendent Chris Barbic says he's "leaving confident that Tennessee's schools are better off today than when we began."