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Robert G. Scanlon, who served as Pennsylvania's education secretary for four years, has left state government and joined the private sector as assistant to the president of Temple University in Philadelphia.

Mr. Scanlon, a Democrat, was not reappointed to a second term as education secretary by Gov. Richard L. Thornburgh. He was reportedly dissatisfied with his new post, executive secretary of the Human Services Committee, and abruptly quit the job after only five days, amidst rumors of an offer from Temple.

One of his new responsibilities at the university will be to "automate" the administration, a public-affairs spokesman said.

Albert Shanker, president of the American Federation of Teachers, will take his opinions to the airwaves.

He will address a variety of education and labor issues as one of two guest commentators for WQXR, a New York radio station, according to Susan Glass, spokesman for the aft

"The point of view expressed will be more liberal than conservative, Ms. Glass said. "The commentaries can be lighthearted and often are," Ms. Glass said.

Mr. Shanker's commentaries can be heard on alternating days, Monday through Friday. Herbert Schmertz, vice president for public affairs for the Mobil Corporation is to be the other guest commentator.

Kathleen A. Kelley, president of the Boston Teachers Union, has announced that she will not seek re-election for a third term later this year.

Ms. Kelley, who is a tenured first-grade teacher in the Boston school system, has said her future plans are still undecided. But she said her decision not to run for re-election would give the 6,000-member union "an opportunity for some new perspective."

In 198l, union members rejected Ms. Kelley's call for a strike against the school system, prompting her to offer her resignation. The union's executive board, however, refused to accept the resignation. That year also brought layoffs for many tenured white teachers that resulted in racial tensions within the union.

Ms. Kelley's recent decision comes at a time when the union is about to negotiate a new contract with Boston school officials.

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