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Kevin Huffman out as Tenn.'s education commissioner

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman is stepping down from his position after three years, leaving a legacy that includes historic test gains as well as some of the fiercest clashes this state has ever seen over public schools.

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New superintendent named for Allendale County Schools

Leila W. Williams has been appointed the new superintendent of the South Carolina school district. She has 35 years of experience as an educator, including 19 years of educational leadership at the district level in the Colleton County School District.

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Michigan district's superintendent resigns

Citing health issues and another job opportunity, Charlevoix Public Schools Superintendent Bob Gendron said he will leave his post with the district.

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Two Ala. superintendents leave positions for state posts

Andy Craig, who has been Hoover's school superintendent for eight years, has agreed to become Alabama Department of Education's new deputy superintendent for administrative and financial services. Elmore County Superintendent Jeff Langham will leave his position of nine years to start as the state's assistant superintendent for external and governmental affairs.

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California district's superintendent set to retire

Shalee Cunningham, superintendent of Novato USD, announced her retirement at the end of the current school year in June 2015.

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Diane Douglas wins Arizona schools superintendent race

A former school-board member who quietly ran on a single issue — the repeal of Common Core standards — has apparently won the election for state superintendent of public instruction. Republican Diane Douglas had maintained a narrow lead over Democrat David Garcia.

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Alvin ISD superintendent lone finalist named

The Texas district's board named James “Buck” Gilcrease as the lone finalist for the vacated superintendent position serving Alvin ISD's 20,885 students. Gilcrease was most recently the superintendent of Hillsboro ISD.

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Tom Shelton resigns as superintendent of Ky.'s second-largest district

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton, who has led the Kentucky school district since 2011, is resigning to become executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents.

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Joy Hofmeister elected as Oklahoma's new state superintendent

Oklahoma State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has been elected to the state's top educational position. The businesswoman and former school teacher served at the state level when Gov. Mary Fallin appointed her to the Oklahoma State Board of Education in 2012.

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New York district chooses Jose Carrion as superintendent

Interim superintendent Jose Carrion has been hired as the new permanent chief in the Wappingers Central School District. He was made interim chief in July after former Superintendent Marco Pochintesta resigned. Prior to that, Carrion was the district's assistant superintendent for administration.

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