Willard B. McGuire, president of the National Education Association, will return to teaching 8th-grade mathematics at Maplewood Junior High School in Maplewood, Minn., when his term expires at the end of this month.
Mr. McGuire has held the top position in 1.6-million-member teachers' union for the past four years; prior to being elected president, he was vice president of the union for five years.
When he departs from Washington, D.C., Mr. McGuire will leave behind the $71,000 annual salary of the nea president; a spokesman for the union estimated that Mr. McGuire will take a cut in pay of about $40,000 annually.
Mr. McGuire holds bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
B. Frank Brown has been named the chairman of the Florida Quality Instruction Incentives Council, a 15-member panel charged with developing ways to implement the state's newly enacted merit-pay plan and other education reforms.
Mr. Brown, an education consultant, chaired a Governor's task force on secondary schools whose report recommended many of the reform programs subsequently enacted by the legislature.
The new council will have broad areas of responsibility: working with the board of education to develop a workable merit-pay plan and subject-area tests for master teachers and associate master teachers; establishing teacher-evaluation standards and training those who will evaluate the teachers; recommending funding levels that would determine the amount of merit pay provided; and overseeing other reforms enacted by the legislature.