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After 15 years as dean of the education school at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, John Palmer has announced that he will resign to return to teaching and research.

Mr. Palmer achieved national attention as a co-chairman and founding member of the Holmes Group, a consortium of prominent research institutions that has been an active voice in the movement to reform teacher education. He is also a noted researcher on that topic.


Four finalists have been named in the National Superintendent of the Year program sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators. They are: James Bergera, Provo City School District, Provo, Utah; Donald Draayer, Minnetonka Public Schools, Excelsior, Minn.; Shirley Holloway, North Slope Borough School District, Barrow, Alaska; and G. Thomas Houlihan, Granville County Schools, Oxford, N.C.

A winner will be announced Feb. 23 during the association's convention in San Francisco.


The family of Carol DiMaiti Stuart has announced that it is forming a foundation to grant scholarships to college-bound students from the Mission Hill district of Boston.

Ms. Stuart was seven months' pregnant when she was fatally shot on Oct. 23. Her husband, Charles, told police that a black gunman had jumped into their car and shot them both shortly after they left a childbirth class in the Mission Hill district. Their baby, Christopher, delivered by Caesarean section, died 17 days later.

Police now believe that Charles Stuart killed his wife and shot himself in the abdomen. He committed suicide Jan. 4.

The largely black Mission Hill district came under intense policy scrutiny in the weeks following the murder, inflaming racial tensions in the city.

The DiMaiti family said they hoped the scholarship fund would help heal the racial wounds in the city.


Haley Woodfin, a 3rd-grade student at Skipwirth Elementary School in Richmond, Va., brought an unusual item for show-and-tell time earlier this month: an unopened can of beer. And she got an unusual reaction: suspension.

School officials suspended the girl for three days for violating a strict alcohol and drug policy. In addition, they notified police that she illegally possessed an alcoholic beverage.

The beverage in question was a can of "Billy Beer," a brand no longer produced that was named for former President Carter's late brother. The cans are collector's items.

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