The school board has been on the hunt for a new superintendent since January, when Wayne Gent announced he would step down after three years at the helm.
Emanuel was forced into a runoff with Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, a Cook County Commissioner, after failing to win 50 percent of the votes in the February election.
A new Ohio program, The Bright New Leaders for Ohio Schools, seeks to train proven leaders, including those without a background in education, to place in the state's high-poverty schools.
Former Hillsborough County, Fla., school superintendent MaryEllen Elia and former Georgia state schools superintendent John Barge are among the candidates seeking to lead the schools in Palm Beach County, Fla., the nation's 11th-largest district.
Officials in the Concordia and Twin Valley school districts say that they will close early this year because of financial constraints caused by changes to the state's school funding formula.
With teachers and administrators, including a superstar superintendent turned scapegoat, facing charges typically reserved for organized crime, the investigation, indictments and trial captivated educators from coast to coast.
Jurors found that the educators conspired to artificially inflate tests scores by changing answers or guiding students to fill in correct responses on a 2009 state test.
A report by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation found an absence of state policies that support high-achieving, low-income students and a "policy vacuum" on the state level on efforts to help those students succeed in school.
The Detroit school system, under state oversight since March 2009, has lost tens of thousands of students, closed dozens of schools and struggled with persistent budget deficits. "Emergency management has clearly failed" our schools, Mayor Mike Duggan said.
In his State of the State address earlier this year, Gov. Brian Sandoval said he supported breaking up large county school districts and consolidating smaller ones.