AASA, the School Superintendents Association, will announce the winner for 2014 at its conference in February.
Nearly half of all former educators indicted in the sprawling cheating case have pleaded guilty to less charges in exchange for their cooperation. The rest will stand trial later this year.
New Mayor Martin J. Walsh will work with an appointed school committee to conduct a national search for a new schools chief in Boston.
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.