Carl Paladino, a Buffalo, N.Y., school board member and co-chair of President-elect Donald Trump's New York campaign, made derogatory comments about President Obama and Michelle Obama in response to a newspaper questionnaire.
The finalists were selected as winners in their individual states' contests for superintendent of the year. The national winner will be announced at AASA's annual conference in March.
The criminal charges stem from the decision to provide water to residents that was not properly treated, leading to lead contamination.
The donation to The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia will go toward "The Right Books Campaign," a literacy initiative that aims to put books in K-3 classrooms across the city.
The National Council on School Facilities passed a resolution this month asking for school buildings and grounds to be included in federal infrastructure programs in the new Trump Administration.
Since the election of Donald Trump, some school districts have passed resolutions affirming that their schools will be "safe havens" for students, regardless of their immigration status or national origin.
The superintendents in Boston, Baltimore, and San Antonio, Texas, are the newest members of Chiefs for Change, which is now primarily made up of big-city district leaders.
The Riverview Gardens school district in St. Louis, Mo., which lost its accreditation in 2007, was one of two districts in the state without accreditation.
Leeson Taylor, the superintendent in Greenville, Miss., had been suspended since October, after a video emerged showing a teacher pulling a special education student by the hair across a gymnasium.
A federal investigation found that the East Hartford, Conn., school system failed to provide adequate language services to parents and guardians with limited English skills.