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Don’t Forget Education

Former West Va. Gov. Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board, has urged the presidential candidates to not forget about education policies in the 2012 election. A College Board poll says education is behind the economy and jobs in top issues.

ASCD’s New Leader

Debra Hill, associate professor at Argosy University and retired Illinois superintendent, has been named ASCD’s new president. Hill, an ASCD member for 29 years, was appointed at the organization’s annual conference held this year on March 26.

Stability in Kansas City

Since John Covington unexpectedly exited Kansas City (Mo.) Schools, Steve Green was appointed interim superintendent and, on April 2, was elected to lead the district. Green, who signed a two-year contract, said, “I’m here for the long haul.”

Largest Bond Issued

Joplin, Mo., which suffered widespread devastation after a tornado hit the town in 2011, passed the largest bond issue in the town’s history in April to rebuild the schools at an estimated $185 million. Superintendent C.J. Huff said, “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Notifying Parents

In lieu of reports of sexual misconduct by teachers against students in schools throughout LAUSD, Superintendent John Deasy announced that parents will now be notified within 72 hours if a teacher has been removed under these circumstances.