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Buffalo superintendent says she has no plans to hire Guinn

Superintendent Pamela C. Brown said she has no plans to hire consultant Mary E. Guinn as her new second-in-command for the Buffalo School District, even as speculation continues to swirl that Guinn may still have a future with the district.

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LAUSD Superintendent Deasy will reportedly resign in February

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy plans to resign in February. Deasy told CBS2/KCAL9′s Suraya Fadel via email that “nothing is official” and that he hasn’t submitted any paperwork regarding a resignation.

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Former Flint schools superintendent co-authors book on saving black boys in public schools

A former Flint School District superintendent has co-authored a book on a subject he's calling a matter of life and death. Walter Milton Jr. and Michael W. Nellums have published, "A Matter of Life or Death: Why Black Men Must Save Black Boys in America’s Public Schools."

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New contract keeps KC Superintendent Steve Green for 5 more years

Contract comes as a reward to Green after the unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools greatly improved its showing on this year’s state report card. It also is a sign of greater stability in leadership — an important factor as the district faces the possibility of a financially crippling wave of student transfers.

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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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