Nearly all the district's schools have lead levels in the water that exceed federal safety standards. Many of the buildings are also plagued by peeling lead paint, and high concentrations of radon and asbestos.
With the new members, the majority of the seven-member school board the country's second-largest school district will be charter supporters, which provides an opportunity to radically reshape the district.
Tennessee's education commissioner, along with the superintendents in Camden, N.J., Philadelphia, and Louisiana's Recovery School District are the newest members of Chiefs for Change.
All 90 district schools have high lead levels in the water that flows from sinks and drinking fountains. Dozens of buildings are laced with peeling lead paint, radon and asbestos.
The school districts in Cincinnati and Oakland, Calif. selected women as their new superintendents, both of them experienced educators with long tenures in their respective districts.
Eye-popping parachute packages for high-level executives are still relatively uncommon in the world of K-12, but some recent cases show that school boards are willing to pay hefty sums to get rid of superintendents with whom they don't see eye-to-eye.
W. Burke Royster, who has led the Greenville, S.C., school district since 2012, was also one of 14 Leaders to Learn From selected by Education Week in 2017.
Mike Floyd will take office three days before he graduates. Floyd said he ran, in part, because of remarks the district superintendent made about restroom policies for transgender students
Renee Foose, who had been locked in a power struggle with the school board of the high-performing Howard County district in Maryland, resigned Tuesday. She will be replaced by Michael Martirano, a former West Virginia state superintendent.
A new national poll shows that a majority of African-American and Latino parents believe public schools in their communities are underfunded compared to those in white communities.