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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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Thornton school board chief ousted over 30-year-old conviction

A Cook County, Ill. judge ousted a south suburban school district board president from office due to a felony forgery conviction nearly 30 years ago but Kenneth Williams said he intends to continue running the board. Williams was elected to the Thornton Township High School District 205 board in 2009 and re-elected for another four-year term in April, despite widespread knowledge that he had been convicted of forgery in Indiana in 1985.

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Former Kentucky superintendent accused of abusing power

A former superintendent of Martin County Schools is accused of abusing his power to help his family while he was in office. The Kentucky State Auditor's report said Mark Blackburn assigned his wife a position in the school and let her keep her previous salary and job duties, which was $50,000 more than the person who previously held the position, and gave privately funded scholarships to two of his children and other relatives of district personnel.

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Major Owens, 77, education advocate in Congress, dies

Major R. Owens, a former librarian who went to Congress from Brooklyn and remained there for 24 years fighting for more federal aid for education and other liberal causes, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 77.

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Grand Rapids Schools superintendent embarking on second community listening tour

Grand Rapids Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal announced Friday, Oct. 18, she would embark on a second listening tour to hear from parents, students, employees and community members about how the district is doing.

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Bloomfield (N.J.) BOE selects middle school principal as new superintendent in 5-3 vote

After a five-month search, the board of education voted 5-3 to appoint Salvatore Goncalves, principal of Bloomfield Middle School, to take the reins of the 6,100-student district.

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New state school Superintendent Carey Wright backs Common Core, pre-K in Missisisppi

Incoming state school Superintendent Carey Wright gave strong endorsements Thursday to the new Common Core education standards and prekindergarten education.

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Corona stepping down as West Baton Rouge school superintendent

West Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent David Corona announced that he’s retiring from the school system effective in July, saying it’s time to pass the torch to someone who can “take the district to the next level.”

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Bloomfield, N.J. BOE selects middle school principal as superintendent

After a five-month search, the board of ed voted 5-3 to appoint Salvatore Goncalves, principal of Bloomfield Middle School, to take the reins as superintendent of the 6,100-student district.

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Durham schools superintendent under fire for credit-card spending

The Durham Board of Ed will hold a special meeting next week to discuss Superintendent Eric Becoats’ spending on a school district-issued credit card. Records show Becoats spent more than $20,000 on the credit card from July 2012 to June 2013 for out-of-state conferences, meals with colleagues, travel expenses and more.

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