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Patti Fields to serve on Iowa education commission

Patti Fields, a member of the Iowa City School Board, is among 20 Iowans tapped by the Legislature to serve on a state commission to aid in the implementation of new education-reform law.

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Brian Osborne turns down Ann Arbor schools' superintendent job

In declining the job, Osborne cited "a developing family issue," concerns about moving his family from the East Coast and a desire to finish what he had started at his district in New Jersey, school board president says.

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Bridgeport schools chief Paul Vallas allowed to stay in job during appeal

Bridgeport's embattled school superintendent, Paul Vallas, will get to stay on the job this fall as the Connecticut Supreme Court considers his case.

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New superintendent for Upper Darby (Pa.) schools

Richard S. Dunlap Jr., a longtime high school principal and brawny Marine veteran, has been named superintendent of the Upper Darby School District.

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School board member agrees to ethics hearing in Cherokee

The Cherokee County (Ga.) school board voted Wednesday night to conduct an ethics hearing on controversial board member Kelly Marlow. The focus will be Marlow’s request that AdvancEd, the parent company of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, reexamine whether the school system deserves full accreditation.

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Judge says DeKalb board members failed to make case for staying in office

The administrative law judge who presided over the reinstatement hearings of five suspended DeKalb County (Ga.) school board members has ruled that two failed to make a case for remaining in office.

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Perry Campbell appointed to fill Julesburg, Colo. board seat

Perry Campbell was appointed to fill the board seat vacated by the death of Stacie Olson. Campbell, who will have to run for election in November, will be sworn in at the August board meeting.

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William Ackerman appointed to Marblehead (Mass.) school committee

After nearly two hours of joint interviews conducted by the Marblehead School Committee and the Board of Selectmen, William Ackerman was appointed to fill the vacancy on the School Committee. Ackerman, 46, is replacing former Chair EuRim Chun, who submitted her resignation, effective June 30, after ongoing tensions among committee members.

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Superintendent Mary Grassa O’Neill leaving Boston Catholic schools

Mary Grassa O’Neill, the first lay superintendent of schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, will be stepping down next month after five years.

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New Haven names finalists for superintendent of schools

Two out-of-state educators and an assistant superintendent of schools for the district are the finalists in the running to replace retiring schools chief Reginald Mayo.

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