Students in nine school districts across the country gathered virtually to explore the themes in Dr. Martin Luther King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech and its resonance in contemporary America.
The report by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that per-pupil revenue in Philadelphia in the 2013-14 school year was lower than seven of the 11 big-city districts analyzed.
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.