Reports from a progressive think tank suggest changes in state policy could help districts get more bang for their buck.
Tuesday's announcement included news of a $750,000 grant from the Wallace Foundation to train superintendents as principal supervisors.
The dispute is taking place amid a growing national debate about teacher tenure rules. The district says it needs flexibility in making hiring and firing decisions, and tenure rules sometimes mean that new, committed teachers are let go in order to keep veteran teachers. The union says the district's policy violates its contract.
Seattle Superintendent José Banda, a career educator in California, says he is the finalist for the schools chief job in Sacramento City Unified.
The Center for American Progress' report on principals is the latest to look at the support and resources principals need to do their job well as their responsibilities keep expanding.
California educators chosen to help steer the group, which represents the interests of the nation's largest urban school districts.
The money will go toward hiring up to 120 new certified arts teachers; upgrading arts facilities and developing partnership programs with New York City Arts Institutions.
The state fiscal year in Pennsylvania began without a budget signed by the governor, but the Philadelphia school district is hoping its city will get permission to impose a $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes to help fund its struggling schools.
The National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals said they support many of the provisions included in the draft of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The changes, they said, made positive strides towards supporting principals and improving the nation's education system.
Under the "hybrid" contract, Anderson and the state must agree to an extension each year. Anderson has come under fire recently for her "One Newark" school reform plan.