Readers also flocked to stories on school secession, corruption in the Chicago public schools, and districts honored for supporting and encouraging their teachers.


The finalists were selected as winners in their individual states' contests for superintendent of the year. The national winner will be announced at AASA's annual conference in February in Nashville, Tenn.


New efforts to combat bullying and harassment in the 1 million-student system were announced after a fatal stabbing at a Bronx school by a student who said he had been bullied.


Across the United States, women make up more than 40 percent of school board members, but research has shown that unless they are a supermajority, they don't comment or endorse motions as often as their male peers.


Janice Jackson, the chief education officer in Chicago, will ascend to the top job after CEO Forrest Claypool quit Friday. Jackson becomes the third chief of the city's schools in two years.


The Normandy school district lost its accreditation in 2013, and the state took over the academically and financially challenged school system in 2014.


The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted to dissolve itself, the first step in ending 16 years of state control of the city's school system.


Johan Uvin, a former acting assistant education secretary, and José Muñoz, who previously led a community schools initiative in New Mexico, are part of the new leadership team at the Institute for Educational Leadership.


The Rural School and Community Trust and the AASA, the School Superintendents Association, say the partnership will allow the two groups to expand their reach and play off each other's strengths.


Mayor James Kenney says a local board to govern the city's public schools would be appointed, making him ultimately accountable for the success or failure of the district.


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