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The Alaska Board of Education last week named Harold Raynolds Jr., Commissioner of Education and Cultural Services in Maine, as its top choice to head the state's education system.

If confirmed by Gov. William Sheffield, Mr. Raynolds, 57, will replace Marshall Lind, 46, who has served as Alaska's Commissioner of Education since 1971.

Mr. Raynolds, who has held his position in Maine since 1979, could begin in the new post in 60 days, according to a spokesman for the Alaska education department.

Mr. Raynolds currently receives about $43,000 annually as the top administrator of Maine's 218,000-student school system. In Alaska, he would be paid about $70,000 to oversee programs for 93,000 students and a $500-million budget.


David Bolhuis, a high-school biology instructor criticized for teaching creationism, has been named Michigan High School Science Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Bolhuis, who was selected for the award by the Michigan Science Teachers Association, has been under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union because he teaches the Biblical theory of creation along with the theory of evolution.

But the creationism presenta

tion used by Mr. Bolhuis, who teaches at Hudsonville High School, was recently pronounced acceptable by the state's department of education.

After investigating the creationism segment of the classes taught by Mr. Bolhuis and a fellow biology teacher, William Van Koughnet, the state ruled that the segments are not designed to indoctrinate students. They are "simply an attempt to present the broadest amount of information related to the topic of evolution," the state said.


Robert C. Wood, former superintendent of schools in Boston and former president of the University of Massachusetts, has been appointed the first Henry R. Luce Professor of Democratic Institutions and the Social Order at Wesleyan University, effective July 1.


Lawrence A. Cremin will leave his post as president of Teachers College at Columbia University in order to return to full-time professorial duties in September 1984.

Mr. Cremin, who has been president of Teachers College since 1974, is now working on a three-volume history of American education. The second volume was awarded the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for history.

The Education Commission of the States reportedly has lost a federal grant to operate the National Assessment for Educational Progress, a program that accounts for almost half of the organization's annual operating budget.

According to sources familiar with the project, the Denver-based commission was informally told early last week that the next five-year grant to run the naep, which has long been the commission's largest project, would be awarded to the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J.

In fiscal year 1982, the Education Department gave the ecs $4.2 million to operate the assessment. The commission's total revenues that year were $8.7 million. The commission's assessment and evaluation division has operated the naep since July 1969.

An official at the commission who asked not to be identified said that the loss of the grant would lead to staff layoffs and possibly a restructuring of the organization's internal operations.

"Many people here were shocked ..." the official said.

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