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Princeton Public Schools appoints Stephen Cochrane as new superintendent

After serving in a wide variety of educational positions, from university admissions to elementary classroom teaching, Stephen Cochrane says he's returning to the town where he found the inspiration for his career.

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LA school board president Vladovic denies harassment claims

Los Angeles school board President Richard Vladovic apologized Wednesday for abrasive behavior over his career, but again denied accusations released this week of sexual harassment, verbal harassment, and retaliation against two unidentified employees.

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N.D. school superintendent carried gun to school

A school superintendent in North Dakota who resigned after being caught carrying a handgun to school said Wednesday that he worried about the safety of himself and others at the school because of a confrontation with a student.

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Dennis Fuge named superintendent of Spencerville (OhIo) Local Schools

Dennis Fuge, a graduate of Miami East High School, began his career at Spencerville Local Schools and has served the community of Spencerville his whole teaching career.

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Loughlin gets interim job as school chief in Maine's SAD 51

Robert Hasson, superintendent of School Administrative District 51 for 20 years, will leave the job Nov. 1 to become deputy executive director of the Maine School Management Association.

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Tech titan Marc Benioff makes high-grade gift to S.F. middle schools

Salesforce.com founder goes above and beyond request from San Francisco mayor and superintendent to help boost access to technology.

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L. Kerpelman, who led school prayer case, dies at 88

Leonard J. Kerpelman, a Baltimore lawyer and gadfly who successfully argued a landmark Supreme Court case in 1963 that led to a ban on state-supported prayer in public schools, died on Sept. 26 in Baltimore. He was 88.

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Former Australian prime minister to focus on girls' ed in U.S. think tank

Julia Gillard, the former prime minister of Australia, has joined the Washington D.C.-based Brookings Institution as a non-resident senior fellow, where she will work to advance the center's key initiatives on global education, in particular, for girls in developing countries.

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Hillary Clinton pushes for early education in campaign

As Head Start centers around the country close because of the federal government shutdown, Hillary Clinton is advancing herself as an advocate for the nation's littlest learners—an important, popular, and risk-free position.

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Pflugerville ISD hires new superintendent

The Pflugerville school board unanimously named Alex Torrez the superintendent of the 23,430-student district. Torrez signed a three-year contract at 7 a.m., and immediately stepped into his new position.

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