Studies released by the Education Law Center and the Leadership Conference Education Fund argue that deficits in school funding and resources have shortchanged students in many of the nation's urban and rural districts.
Emergency Manager Darnell Earley estimates the decentralization effort will save the financially-strapped district about $10 million per year.
Under Maryland's new Hunger Free Schools Act of 2015, entire schools, not just individual students, are eligible for free meals.
The accounts, which will launch on June 8, will allow parents to access information about attendance and grades and will be available on laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices.
Summer jobs are important in helping teens to develop key "soft" skills and work experience that will help them succeed later in life.
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.