The El Paso, Tex., school board has hired its first Hispanic superintendent, Stan Paz, the associate superintendent of the Dallas public schools.
Some 65 percent of the district's 64,000 students are Hispanic. The state has threatened the district with losing its accreditation unless it resolves problems of overcrowding and lack of classroom resources.
Mr. Paz, 42, is expected to assume his new duties by the end of this month.
Donald Moore, executive director of Designs for Change, a Chicago-based children's research and advocacy group that helped in the radical redesign of the city's public-school system, has been named a visiting scholar at Stanford University's school of education.
Mr. Moore will spend the next three months at the school writing about Chicago's experience in school reform and about strategies for reforming urban schools.
The rock musician Frank Zappa has said he hopes a new high school in Lancaster, Calif., is not named after him.
Frank Zappa High is among 132 names being considered by the Antelope Valley Union High School District board for a new school set to open in 1995.
Mr. Zappa, a 1958 graduate of Antelope Valley High School, told a reporter that "considering the sorry state of education in California, it would be more appropriate to name a high school after Ronald Reagan than to name it after me."