Significant turnover in the top job for big-city districts reversed what had been an uptick in length of service for urban superintendents, according to a new survey by the Council of the Great City Schools.
Philadelphia officials hope a new governor will bring some financial relief, while Washington's new mayor has pledged to keep schools chancellor Kaya Henderson.
The report examines the financial costs to students and districts caused by high rates of principal turnover and ways to improve retention of school leaders.
The plan includes $150 million to convert nearly 100 struggling campuses into community schools that offer extra daily instructional time, additional professional development for teachers and principals, and nonacademic services for students.
The trial focused on a former regional director who allegedly pressured school leaders into correcting students' test answers.
Thomas M. Menino, the popular mayor of Boston who had authority over the city's schools throughout his 20-year tenure, died Oct. 30 of cancer. He was 71.
Experts weighed in on some of the efforts school districts are making to ensure that their buildings, and their instruction, are green.
The Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium is made up of 16 school districts across the country. Earlier this year, the group also called for reduced emphasis on testing.
The Council of the Great City Schools convened a town hall on the current testing regime in public schools, with panelists discussing its impact and what's needed to better assess student learning and the effectiveness of classroom instruction.
The council said that under Grier's leadership, access to Advanced Placement courses increased and more Houston students took the SAT college entrance exam.