Michael Flanagan, superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education and chair of the state board of education, received the Distinguished Service Award from NASBE. Since taking the job in 2005, he has spearheaded a push for more rigorous high school graduation requirements.
Jeanice Swift, assistant superintendent of instruction, curriculum, and student services at Colorado Springs School District 11, will become superintendent of the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Public Schools. She is known for engaging the community in decision-making processes.
ATHLETE INSURANCE LAW
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law requiring public and private school districts to provide catastrophic accident insurance for high school students who are injured while participating in school-sponsored or supervised athletic events.
Kara Kerwin was named president of the Center for Education Reform, effective November 1. She was previously the organization’s vice president for external affairs, and had been a key deputy to founder Jeanne Allen for 13 years.
Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White plans to reform the state’s public high school diploma structure. He will focus on preparing students who are not going to a four-year college for the workforce, and include apprenticeships and internships in their studies.