With teachers and administrators, including a superstar superintendent turned scapegoat, facing charges typically reserved for organized crime, the investigation, indictments and trial captivated educators from coast to coast.
Jurors found that the educators conspired to artificially inflate tests scores by changing answers or guiding students to fill in correct responses on a 2009 state test.
A report by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation found an absence of state policies that support high-achieving, low-income students and a "policy vacuum" on the state level on efforts to help those students succeed in school.
The Detroit school system, under state oversight since March 2009, has lost tens of thousands of students, closed dozens of schools and struggled with persistent budget deficits. "Emergency management has clearly failed" our schools, Mayor Mike Duggan said.
In his State of the State address earlier this year, Gov. Brian Sandoval said he supported breaking up large county school districts and consolidating smaller ones.
In Clark County, Nev., two principals with a record of success will run a second school as part of a "franchise," to share best practices and develop a leadership pipeline.
The leaders of the District of Columbia office of the state superintendent of education said her staff is working to beef up security measures after releasing the private data, including names, birth dates, and disciplinary records.
The $2.89 billion lump sum budget proposed for the 2016 fiscal year still relies heavily on state and city funds that are still pending.
If approved, Holyoke would become the second district in Massachusetts to be run by the state. The education commissioner, who recommended the takeover, said he felt a real sense of "urgency" to act now.
David Meckley, who was appointed receiver on Dec. 26, resigned this month. Meckley wanted to turn all of the schools into charters, a move opposed by new Gov. Tom Wolf.