People Watch: Thornton named first African-American male NPTA leader

People Watch: Thornton named first African-American male NPTA leader

What's new with the country's top K12 leaders.

PTA PRESIDENT
Otha Thornton was elected president of the National Parent Teacher Association, making history as the first African-American male leader of the organization. He previously served on the Georgia PTA board of directors, and the PTA’s national board of directors.


READING LAW

Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington signed a law requiring third grade students who fail a state reading test to meet with their parents and school officials to decide on an intervention, as part of the state’s plan to ensure all students are reading proficiently by grade 3.


NEW SUPERINTENDENT

Jim Merrill was hired as superintendent of Wake County (N.C.) Public Schools, one of the largest districts in the state. He was previously superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools, and worked in the Wake County central office from 1984 to 2000.


CHARACTER AWARD

Linda Hooper, former principal of Whitwell Middle School in the Marion County (Tenn.) School District, received a Characters Unite Award from the USA network. Hooper founded a grassroots Holocaust education program that drew worldwide attention and promoted tolerance.

NEW POSITION
Kevin Maxwell, superintendent of Anne Arundel County (Md.) Public Schools, resigned in June. He accepted the position of chief executive officer of Prince George’s County (Md.) Public Schools. While at Anne Arundel, he launched the county’s magnet programs.


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