Race, education disparities, school-leader standards, and criminal proceedings (in Atlanta and Chicago) were among the top stories on the District Dossier blog.
Some of the most challenged school districts in the St. Louis region have started chess clubs with the help of local companies and some tutoring from the first African-American to become an international grandmaster.
A state legislative audit, released this week, said that the Recovery School District has not adequately kept track of thousands of dollars worth of items purchased with public money.
Sergio Paez was chosen to lead the Minneapolis Public Schools two days before a Massachusetts advocacy group published a report alleging that special education students had been mistreated at a school in the Holyoke district where he was superintendent.
Michelle King, the district's No. 2 administrator under former Superintendent Ramon Cortines, is taking the reins of the nation's second-largest school district while the search for a permanent schools chief stretches into the new year.
The Mississippi Department of Education alleges that an elementary school principal in the Clarksdale school district participated in, directed, or failed to report cheating on state assessments at her school.
Minneapolis school officials said it was seeking more information about the treatment of special education students in Holyoke, Mass., while Sergio Páez served as superintendent of the district.
Gov. Rick Snyder has hinted for months that the Education Achievement Authority's status has been under review while lawmakers his latest plan to overhaul public education in Detroit.
After a tense day in the nation's second largest school district, officials ruled that schools were safe and would reopen Wednesday.
The national winner will be announced at AASA's annual conference in February.