Jayne Ellspermann, a high school principal in Ocala, Fla. who fosters a personalized learning culture and college access for students, is being honored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
The good news about graduation comes just as the school board is debating whether to keep Superintendent John Deasy at the helm of the nation's second largest district.
The move to make changes to the union's health benefits comes after 21 months of negotiations. Salaries will not be affected by Monday's action.
Some speculate the decision to put off new proposals this fall is related to next year's mayoral election.
The new accountability system, announced by Chancellor Carmen Fariña on Wednesday, ditches the A-F letter grades utilized during the Michael R. Bloomberg era.
The board will decide later this month whether to extend Superintendent John Deasy's contract. Both supporters and detractors think his days at the nation's second-largest school district are numbered.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is putting school districts and states on notice that the office for civil rights will investigate those that aren't doing enough to ensure equal access on everything from high-quality facilities to Advanced Placement courses.
Former superintendent Beverly Hall, also charged in the case, has had her trial delayed indefinitely due to illness.
Jefferson County Public Schools have been roiled with protests in the last two weeks over a new teacher compensation package and a proposal to review the A.P. U.S. History curriculum to promote patriotism and downplay negative aspects of American history.
In doing so, the state is following in the footsteps of its large districts—Los Angeles and San Francisco—that have already moved away from using "disruption/willful defiance" as a reason for suspension. The practice has been criticized for its disparate impacts on minority students.