Urban school districts call for a ban on assault weapons, $1 billion for mental-health services and counseling, and another $1 billion to local districts with safety training and building upgrades.
Ras Baraka, a former principal who is running for re-election this year, said aggressive charter school growth could "suck the life" out of traditional public schools, according to Chalkbeat.
The group is focused on creating a diverse pipeline of education leaders.
Chancellor Carmen Fariña will leave the New York City school system this month, after a 52-year career working in the city's public schools.
David Harris, who started The Mind Trust in 2006, will lead a new, national education organization, which will launch later this year.
Follow Education Week's live coverage of nationwide student walkouts and civic action today, as educators around the country prepare for what could be major disruptions to the school day.
In January, Bilal Tawwab told the school board that he planned to step down once his contract expired at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
S. Dallas Dance pleaded failed to disclose nearly $150,000 he earned from outside consulting jobs while running the school system. Most of the money came from a company that landed an $875,000 no-bid contract less than a year after he took over the school system.
Richard Carranza, who was also the schools' chief in San Francisco, has been the superintendent in Houston since 2016.
Miami Superintendent Alberto Carvalho publicly turned down an offer to run New York City public schools. This is not the first time the New York City's superintendent search has hit the skids in public.