The vote this week by the state's Board of Education gets rid of a state requirement and leaves decisions about staffing in those areas up to the local school districts.
With the suburbs around Hartford growing increasingly segregated, school officials are struggling to ensure that more students are attending school in a racially integrated setting.
The nine-year deal will offer financial incentives to principals who take assignments in struggling schools and provide bonuses to principals who coach and advise their peers.
The judge suggested a compromise in the ninth week of the trial of 12 former Atlanta educators who are accused of inflating students' scores and covering up the cheating on state tests.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals says that "Value-Added Measurements" should not be used to make decisions regarding retention, firing and compensation for principals and teachers.
The Council of the Great City Schools said the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case is not just about the local police and community, but more broadly "about how America's institutions, including our schools, respect the rights, well-being and futures of all our young people."
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.