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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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Reading school board fires its superintendent

The short but rocky relationship between the Reading, Pa. school board and Superintendent Dr. Carlinda Purcell has come to an end. The board voted to fire Purcell, effective immediately. Substitute Superintendent Karen B. Gokay will take over as acting superintendent.

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School superintendent among 4 charged in inquiry of Ohio teen rape case

An Ohio school superintendent, two coaches and a principal were charged by a grand jury that investigated whether other laws were broken in the rape of a drunken 16-year-old girl by two football players.

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Kent's Lee Vargas named Washington's superintendent of the year

Vargas has served as superintendent of the Kent School District since 2009. KSD has received numerous local, state, national and international awards.

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Westminster School District names new superintendent

Southern California district's board of trustees picks Marian Kim-Phelps, a 23-year educator who has been a principal and teacher.

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Irving ISD chooses superintendent-to-be from a far tinier district

Jose Parra, who helped turn around test scores and graduation rates in a district of 5,000 students, has been tapped to take over a Texas district seven times its size.

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