The investigation comes on the heels of a civil rights lawsuit alleging that the closure of the last five traditional public schools governed by the city's largest school district disproportionately affected African-American students.
Hundreds of high school students in Jefferson County, Colo., protested proposed changes to history curricula.
The program was launched this year, with the Mind Trust, to create opportunities for educators and others to propose ways to transform low-performing and underused schools.
The $2-a-pack cigarette tax will generate about $49 million in revenues to the cash-strapped schools in the first year, but it does not solve the district's long-term financial problems.
The school board wants to remove Emergency Manager Jack Martin from his position, arguing that state law allows the board to remove Martin after 18 months.
Daniel P. King, one of Education Week's 2013 "Leaders To Learn From," is among the educators who are being honored today for "doing extraordinary work to educate the next generation of Americans" and increasing opportunities for children in low-income communities, according to the White House.
Facing criticism, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he will consider other names for the academy planned for the Near North side neighborhood.
The fund now stands at more than $34 billion, but only the interest income can be spent. In August, a state district judge ruled that Texas was not distributing school funds adequately or fairly among its richer and poorer districts.
Nearly a year after John Deasy reportedly threatened to resign as Los Angeles' superintendent, new rounds of conflict make clear that relationships among those in charge of running the nation's second largest school district are frayed.
This is the second straight year in which the number of schools failing to receive accreditation increased, a slide that began after the state enacted tougher assessments.