One finalist, Superintendent MaryEllen Elia of Hillsborough County, Fla., may be fired next week by her school board, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
Mayor Marty Walsh's plans include a focus on upgrading the city's schools' infrastructure, an emphasis on career and technical education, and expansion of pre-K education.
John Deasy will serve as a consultant to graduates of the Broad Foundation's school leadership programs who are working in urban districts.
Darnell Earley will be the fourth emergency manager of the Detroit school system, which has been under state oversight since March 2009.
The questions about spending and financial record keeping of expenses by Minneapolis school officials come at a time when the district is facing a $5 million-plus budget shortfall.
The district's current superintendent, Wayne Gent, said this week that he will not renew his contract when it expires at the end of June. Urban districts that need new leaders include Minneapolis and Albuquerque.
The report by the Center on Reinventing Public Education says some of those procurement processes, while well-meaning, may stifle innovation.
The three-day blitz planned for later this month will engage the community and businesses in devising solutions and new intervention strategies. About 8 percent of Albuquerque's elementary school students have 10 or more unexcused absences in a year.
The New York Daily News reports that the ban on electronic devices could end as early as March. Mayor Bill de Blasio said he planned to end the prohibition when he campaigned for mayor last year.
The Taft Union High School District says the city of Taft had a contract with the district to provide a school resource officer. There was no officer on duty when one student shot another on Jan. 10, 2013.