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Who is Angela McLean? An education policy expert, say colleagues

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock announced Monday that he chose Angela McLean, 36, an American history and government teacher at Anaconda High School, as Montana’s next lieutenant governor.

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Worcester superintendent of schools is graded 'proficient'

The Worcester, Mass. school committee gave Superintendent Melinda J. Boone an overall rating of "proficient" in her first review under a new format. It was the first time the committee had spoken with one voice on an evaluation, and it was the result of new state requirements that have changed how teachers, principals and superintendents are reviewed.

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Morgan Hill's superintendent choice riles Latinos and other parents

For the past year, Morgan Hill Unified School District in San Jose, Calif., has reeled from one controversy to another, from neighbors angry about a shuttered campus being reopened as a continuation school to bitter debates over opening two charter schools. Now the board has stirred up more contention by elevating its former human relations chief to superintendent without seeking other candidates—a process some believe was rushed and secret and further cemented divisions in the community.

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Superintendent of Trinity ASD in Pennsylvania charged with drunk driving

The superintendent of the Trinity Area School District in Washington County, Pa., was charged with drunk driving recently in Ohio Township, Allegheny County. Paul Kasunich, 54, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence and careless driving.

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Andrew Ko appointed to Virginia Board of Education

Andrew Ko is a general manager in Microsoft Corporation’s U.S. Partners In Learning program. Prior to this role, he was director for National Solutions for Microsoft U.S. Public Sector.

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Utah's new education adviser says she's terrified and 'having a ball'

A former state school board member, Tami Pyfer's is serving as a liaison between parents, educators, lawmakers and the governor's office on issues related to education — the state's largest tax expenditure.

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At 65, Hillsborough schools chief has no plans to retire

Unlike many large school districts, Hillsborough has a history of longevity in its leadership. The superintendent's position is a prime example—MaryEllen Elia signed her contract in 2005.

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Mundelein High School District 120 names superintendent

Kevin Myers has been named the new superintendent of Mundelein Consolidated High School District 120 in Illinois. Myers said he was drawn to Mundelein after seeing how involved the community and administration officials were in the selection of the new schools chief.

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Wake superintendent credits “transparency” for passage of bond issue

Wake County Superintendent Jim Merrill is attributing “transparency and openness” with helping persuade voters to approve the $810 million school construction bond issue in October. Merrill talks about the bond campaign in an article in the January edition of District Administration magazine that looks at how school districts can win bond issues. Wake is cited in the article as a success story.

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Geary County school superintendent Walker retiring

The superintendent of the northeast Kansas school district that serves children from the U.S. Army’s Fort Riley plans to retire. Geary County superintendent Ron Walker told administrators and staff on Wednesday he will retire at the end of the current academic year. Walker has led United School District 475 for 10 years.

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