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Handelman named permanent superintendent in Couer D'Alene, Idaho

School trustees decided to forgo a superintendent search and move Handelman, spent the previous three years as the district's associate superintendent, into the permanent superintendent's position.

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Montclair, N.J., district appoints attorney to investigate unauthorized assessments release

At a special public board meeting last Friday, the Montclair, N.J., Board of Ed unanimously voted to appoint attorney Mark Tabakin to conduct an investigation into the suspected unauthorized release of proprietary/confidential district assessments. The resolution also calls for Tabakin to investigate other incidents of conduct that may be contrary to the Board’s best interest, as may be disclosed by further investigation.

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Oklahoma Gov. Fallin visits New Mexico for education summit

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will participate in a New Mexico summit next week to discuss connecting education with the workforce. Next Monday, Fallin will join New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, and American Samoa Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga to discuss improving education and workforce training and ways to align them with the needs of individual state economies.

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Latina leaders: On a mission to improve education standards in the U.S.

Sara Martinez Tucker started out in the world of journalism and then distinguished herself in the world of business. But it is the world of education in which she has found her passion.

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Fitts named interim superintendent of Pa. district

In yet another move to distance itself from the troubling text message scandal that has rocked, and divided, the community, the Coatesville Area School District board announced that Fitts, a veteran New Jersey educator, will take over as interim superintendent of the Pa district.

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Buffalo superintendent says she has no plans to hire Guinn

Superintendent Pamela C. Brown said she has no plans to hire consultant Mary E. Guinn as her new second-in-command for the Buffalo School District, even as speculation continues to swirl that Guinn may still have a future with the district.

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LAUSD Superintendent Deasy will reportedly resign in February

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy plans to resign in February. Deasy told CBS2/KCAL9′s Suraya Fadel via email that “nothing is official” and that he hasn’t submitted any paperwork regarding a resignation.

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Former Flint schools superintendent co-authors book on saving black boys in public schools

A former Flint School District superintendent has co-authored a book on a subject he's calling a matter of life and death. Walter Milton Jr. and Michael W. Nellums have published, "A Matter of Life or Death: Why Black Men Must Save Black Boys in America’s Public Schools."

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New contract keeps KC Superintendent Steve Green for 5 more years

Contract comes as a reward to Green after the unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools greatly improved its showing on this year’s state report card. It also is a sign of greater stability in leadership — an important factor as the district faces the possibility of a financially crippling wave of student transfers.

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Caddo Parish Public Schools picks Theodis Goree as superintendent

Goree currently serves as an area superintendent for Mansfield ISD in Texas. He will receive a $200,000 annual salary and a three year contract. He begins work Dec. 1.

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