Mr. Leeds and his wife founded the Alliance for Excellent Education and Institute for Student Achievement, advocacy groups with the goal of shining a spotlight on the nation's at-risk secondary students.
Twenty boxes of documents related to the district's troubled $1.3-billion program to provide iPads to all students were taken from the district on Monday, amid reports that the FBI was conducting a criminal investigation into the program.
As students return to their St. Louis-area schools a week after the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting death, educators are prepared to discuss race relations, police practices, and other tough questions.
Corey Mitchell, who most recently worked as a Washington correspondent for the Star Tribune, will be covering school district news, trends, and education leadership issues.
One New Jersey high school has canceled midterms and final exams in an effort to cut back on the time students spend taking tests.
At least four school districts in and around Ferguson, Mo., were expected to close on Tuesday in the wake of the grand jury's decision not indict the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
One teacher testified that she was fired for telling state investigators about the cheating that was happening.
The superintendent of the Jennings, Mo., School District, Tiffany Anderson, said the decision to close schools was based on concern over "heightened anxiety" in area.
The award to victims settles about 150 legal claims from former students who had been subjected to lewd acts by 3rd-grade teacher.
Fifteen of the 36 schools that are eligible this year to return to the Orleans Parish School Board, which ran the city's schools before Hurricane Katrina, have voted against doing so. More boards will make the decision by the end of the year.