In an external review commissioned by the Boston district, the Council of the Great City Schools finds discord and disorganization that threaten the school system's long record of progress.
Democrat Jay Nixon objects to the measure's proposed voucher program.
Philadelphians demand more funds for city schools after a 1st grader died in a school with no nurse on duty.
Nationally, per-pupil spending was static between fiscal years 2011 and 2012, but overall expenditures by districts dropped off some.
Residents are stepping up calls for more funds for the city's schools, after a seven-year-old boy died after falling ill at school.
Eligible education and research organizations can apply for federal grants to implement and study school safety programs.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has signaled that he's not likely to sign the measure that would allow students to use vouchers to transfer to nonsectarian private schools.
Mayor-elect Ras Baraka also called for the immediate halt to Superintendent Cami Anderson's plan to close and restructure several low-performing schools.
In a newspaper op-ed, an elementary school principal takes the unusual step of complaining publicly that the mayor's administration has stifled principals' voices.
The Philadelphia City Council introduced legislation to extend to city's sales tax, which will raise $120 million in the first year for the school district.