Ms. Fariña served for more than four decades as a teacher, principal, district superintendent and deputy chancellor in the 1 million-student school system.
The New York Times reports that retired educator Carmen Farina, a former deputy chancellor for New York City schools, will lead the 1 million student system.
The Douglas County district sought to influence its school board election when it commissioned and publicized a report about its "reform agenda" by the American Enterprise Institute, a judge finds.
Scores were wrong for only a small fraction of teachers, the school system says, but the president of the Washington Teachers Union says she is "deeply disturbed" by the information.
Eight educators so far have pleaded guilty to lesser charges in negotiated agreements with state prosecutors.
The city's regular public school students, not those in charters, posted the strongest gains of any urban district on the national assessments.
After more than 160,000 people signed an online petition supporting a name change, the school board unanimously voted to rename Nathan B. Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Fla.
If given final approval by the district's school board, four high schools would have to adopt new mascots for their athletics teams.
A survey of 1,000 principals in 14 states shows that school leaders are heavily focused on the new standards, but don't necessarily feel prepared to manage the huge shift.
The Kansas City school district will ask a court to stop transfers out of the district, mandated by a 1993 law, while the Missouri Board of Education considers a pending request to grant the district provisional accreditation.