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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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Katonah-Lewisboro School Superintendent Paul Kreutzer resigns

After the Katonah-Lewisboro School District decided to close its elementary school of the same name, Superintendent Paul Kreutzer resigned, effective immediately. Michael Jumper, the assistant superintendent for business, has been named acting school superintendent.

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Former N.C. governor Beverly Perdue leads digital education initiative

Perdue founded the Digital Learning Institute, or DigiLEARN--which includes former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer as vice chairman--to expand technology use in the learning process throughout the nation.

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Ousted Pa. education secretary lands job as temporary superintendent

Despite his ouster as the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education in late August, William Harner was named interim superintendent of the Quakertown Community School District. He will fill the post from Jan. 24 through June 30.

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N.Y. teachers union votes 'no confidence' in state ed. leader John King

Union members have complained that the state has not given educators adequate guidance in implementing the Common Core. They also have raised issue with the state's new system of teacher evaluations

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