Principals also wanted to know about driving school improvement, finding a healthy work-life balance, and keeping students safe amid news of school shootings.
The student was given the choice of cutting his dreadlocks or forfeiting the match. A video of the incident elicited outrage online and on social media.
Wendy Shirey, principal of Pinecrest Academy Horizon in Henderson, Nev., was awarded the $25,000 cash prize, which is known as the "Oscars of Teaching."
Cordova attended the city's public schools, and has served as teacher, principal, director of teaching and learning, and deputy superintendent.
Austan Goolsbee, a professor at the University of Chicago and a former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, was appointment by outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve on Chicago's school board.
The money will help the New York City-based organization support principals and other school leaders across the pipeline—from aspiring principals to principal supervisors.
The lawsuit, filed in 2014, alleges that the state was severely underfunding schools, forcing school districts to lean heavily on property taxes, which especially disadvantages students in property-poor areas.
The teachers' union is throwing its support behind Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in the race to replace Rahm Emanuel as Chicago's mayor, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The U.S. PIRG Education Fund, a public-interest research group, tested 27 products commonly used by schoolchildren. They found toxic substances in crayons, markers, and binders.
In Indianapolis, Ferebee focused on forging partnerships with charter schools leaders and establishing school choice-friendly policies, including a common-enrollment system for all the city's students. That approach may be tailor-made for D.C., where half of public K-12 students are enrolled in charters.