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Saying Goodbye
After six years, Gene Wilhoit, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, has decided to step down. Wilhoit was a key in working with the National Governors Association to develop the Common Core State Standards.
  Cyberbullying Law
On July 10, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law to protect students from cyberbullying along with other forms of harassment, an amendment to the Dignity for All Students law. The bill asks districts to put protocols in place to prevent bullying.
  Hite to Philly
Prince George County (Md.) Schools Superintendent William Hite announced in July that he is leaving the system to lead the School District of Philadelphia. Hite follows Thomas Knudsen, the district’s CEO, who has held that position since August.
  A Turnaround District
South Carolina Schools Superintendent Mick Zais proposed the creation of a statewide turnaround district for failing schools. According to Zais, other strategies for failing schools have been ineffective and this would empower these schools to change.
  Calming FCAT Fears
Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson wrote to the state’s parents to say that changes in the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) resulted in lower scores this year, but that parents shouldn’t be overly concerned.