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Anthony Amato, former New Orleans superintendent, dies at 66

Anthony Amato was the last permanent superintendent of New Orleans' public schools before the state intervened in 2005, and also ran districts in in Hartford, Conn., Kansas City, Mo., and Stockton, Calif.

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Four finalists named for Nebraska education commissioner

A former candidate for Lincoln Public Schools superintendent, a Massachusetts education advocate and two Nebraskans are vying to replace former Nebraska Commissioner of Education Roger Breed, who had held the post since 2009 and retired July 1.

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Alberto Carvalho named Florida's superintendent of the year

Carvalho, who has been Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent for five years, has been credited with turning around failing schools in the country's fourth largest district and narrowing the achievement gap.

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Connecticut mayor reflects on education improvements in his district

For Mayor John DeStefano, preparing New Haven children for the future has been a top priority. To do that, however, DeStefano sought to change both where and how students went to school. “At the end of the day, our goal is to have kids emerge from the New Haven Public School district prepared and ready for college and lifelong learning and success,” he said.

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Oklahoma Gov. Fallin signs executive order supplementing Common Core standards in education

Gov. Mary Fallin signed an executive order Wednesday she hopes will address concerns of federal intrusion into schools, as well as create more rigorous and localized academic standards.

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Ochoa is an education advocate on how schools fail

Retired San Diego State education professor Alberto Ochoa spent decades in academia but never forgot his own brush with public education as a Mexican immigrant student in Los Angeles. Now, he’s one of the advisers to San Diego’s new schools superintendent and continuing to speak out about the need for change.

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Former Dayton schools superintendent pleads guilty to embezzlement

William Gary Rye admitted taking approximately $193,149.22 in benefits he wasn't entitled to, U.S. attorney says, and will go to prison for 18-24 months in a plea deal.

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Deion Sanders' Prime Prep Academy draws scrutiny from state

The Texas Education Agency has yet to open a formal investigation into Prime Prep Academy, the charter school co-founded by the former NFL star. But disarray in the school’s leadership and concerns brought up by parents and the news media have caught the agency’s attention.

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Phil Guenther named New Jersey superintendent of year

Atantic County Institute of Technology superintendent chosen for his work on expansion of county vocational school from a shared-time high school to a full-time comprehensive career and technical high school focused on 21st-century careers.

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Moon Area School District hires Baker as superintendent

The Moon Area School District's new superintendent is one of five in Pennsylvania who has never taught children in a classroom. Curt Baker, 54, replaces Donna K. Milanovich, who retired in June after six years in the position. He most recently was deputy superintendent of the Roanoke City Public Schools in Virginia.

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