Grier said he chose to announce his decision now so that the school board will have ample time to identify and prepare his successor.
In his new role, Brizard will help school leaders turn around under-performing school districts
Three conservative school board members who sought to change the AP U.S. History curriculum to emphasize the positive aspects of American history are facing a recall election.
A 13-member panel of principals and education leadership experts will review the standards this month before sending them to the National Policy Board for Educational Administration.
Twelve residents have been staging a hunger strike to keep Dyett High School in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood open as a green technology school.
A Fulton County, Ga., jury convicted Shani Robinson in April of racketeering and false statements and writings, but the judge in the case delayed her sentencing because she was pregnant at the time.
In the lawsuit, the district, which includes the city of Memphis, accuses the state of withholding funds and disproportionately hurting children in impoverished areas.
Luis Valentino came under fire after it was discovered that Jason Martinez, whom he hired as a deputy superintendent, was facing child sex abuse charges in Colorado.
Thousands of students and their families fled New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Some of the families shared their stories with us as the storm's 10th anniversary approached.
Obama said "New Orleans is coming back better and stronger." Bush called the city a "beacon for school reform."