The $2-a-pack cigarette tax will generate about $49 million in revenues to the cash-strapped schools in the first year, but it does not solve the district's long-term financial problems.
The school board wants to remove Emergency Manager Jack Martin from his position, arguing that state law allows the board to remove Martin after 18 months.
Daniel P. King, one of Education Week's 2013 "Leaders To Learn From," is among the educators who are being honored today for "doing extraordinary work to educate the next generation of Americans" and increasing opportunities for children in low-income communities, according to the White House.
Facing criticism, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he will consider other names for the academy planned for the Near North side neighborhood.
The fund now stands at more than $34 billion, but only the interest income can be spent. In August, a state district judge ruled that Texas was not distributing school funds adequately or fairly among its richer and poorer districts.
Nearly a year after John Deasy reportedly threatened to resign as Los Angeles' superintendent, new rounds of conflict make clear that relationships among those in charge of running the nation's second largest school district are frayed.
This is the second straight year in which the number of schools failing to receive accreditation increased, a slide that began after the state enacted tougher assessments.
The school districts are asking the state to pay them about $134 million, funds they say are owed to them under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The program, which provides money to poorer districts for teachers' salaries and retirement, textbooks, and building maintenance, has been fully funded only twice since it passed the legislature in 1997.
The New York City Leadership Academy has designed an internal review process that districts can use to judge the strengths and weaknesses of coaching and mentoring programs for principals.
The seven districts—including Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Sanger, and Santa Ana Unified School Districts—have work to do on their accountability system as well as teacher and principal evaluation guidelines.