The new appointments come on the heels of the resignation of the schools chief amid an ongoing federal investigation into a no-bid contract awarded by the school board.
Stephen K. Zrike, Jr., the superintendent of the Wakefield, Mass., schools, will work with the state to turn around the chronically underperforming district in Holyoke.
Barbara Byrd-Bennett's resignation comes as federal officials investigate a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district awarded to one of her former employers.
There is dissent in the education leadership community on whether the standards fully capture the principal's role, particularly in addressing issues of social justice and equity in schools.
The inaugural class of the AASA/USC Rossier School of Education Urban Superintendents Academy will begin this fall with a 20-member cohort of current and prospective school chiefs.
Reducing suspensions was one of former Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson's top priorities. Soon after she left the job in December, the district's suspensions were on the rise.
The New York Board of Regents voted to name MaryEllen Elia, the former superintendent of the Hillsborough County school system, as commissioner. She will earn a $250,000 annual salary.
Stephen Green will take the helm of the Dekalb County, Ga., schools in July. He's coming from Kansas City, Mo., where he has served as superintendent since 2011.
The Republican-backed plan heads to the full legislature next week and will be up for debate in June.
The principals must meet certain performance benchmarks to qualify for the longer posts and agree to stay at their schools for three years.