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Superintendent Frank S. Porter of Twin Rivers Unified School District in Sacramento, Calif., is the 2010 recipient of the Leadership through Communications Award for his enhancement of school-to-parent communication.



On Dec. 31 2009, Pat Hamamoto announced her decision to resign as Hawaii's district superintendent, stating her reasons are personal and not related to the state's recent budget crisis and furlough discussions.



Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee was recently named co-chair of Achieve Inc., an organization dedicated to student success. He joins Intel Corp. Chairman Craig Barrett on the board of directors.



The Birmingham (Ala.) Board of Ed has selected Craig Witherspoon as their new school superintendent. Witherspoon said he is prepared to tackle the financially strained district with a hands-on approach.



Several education groups in New York are suing Gov. David Paterson after he announced his plan to withhold $146 million in payments to state school districts. The groups claim this move is unconstitutional by NY state law.