The 23-count indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice alleges that Barbara Byrd-Bennett steered the more than $20 million in contracts to her former employers.
The state took over Jersey City's school district in 1989, citing "total educational failure."
The Council of the Great City Schools' annual conference for big-city district leaders will include discussions on education equity, principal pipelines, teacher effectiveness, and more.
The Center on Reinventing Public Education took a comprehensive look into public education—charter and traditional district schools—in 50 cities.
Under a new proposal, highly rated Florida principals who are selected to run low-performing schools will get expanded autonomy.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals says Alan Tenreiro has worked hard to "ensure each student in his school is known and well served."
Arne Duncan, a former big-city schools chief who President Obama tapped as education secretary, will leave the post in December. He will be replaced by John King, Jr., a former New York state education commissioner.
The Philadelphia school district said the changes were driven by the need to improve educational opportunities for students.
A group of parents charge that the Buffalo School District's response to civil rights complaints does not adequately address admissions to the district's top schools and teacher hiring practices.
The school boards in Cleveland, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Lincoln, Neb., were awarded the 2015 Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence.