Franklin B. Walter, superintendent of public instruction in Ohio since 1977, has announced that he will resign Aug. 30.
Mr. Walter, one of the nation's longest reigning state education chiefs, has served in the position longer than any other state superintendent in Ohio history.
The 61-year-old educator said in a statement that his announcement was unrelatH)# ed to a recent heart condition that hospitalized him.
Mr. Walter also said it did not result from recent pressure from Paul Brickner, a member of the state education board, who board member charged that the superintendent was responsible for poor student performance on 9th-grade proficiency tests and attempted to link him with alleged financial fraud at a vocational school.
The Montgomery County, Md., school L ; board has appointed Paul L. Vance, a veteran administrator in the system, the new superintendent of schools.
Mr. Vance, 59, succeeds Harry Pitt, who is retiring as chief of the 104,000-student system July 1.
The singer and songwriter Paul Simon is donating some proceeds from his na tional "Born at the Right Time" tour to Cities in Schools Inc., the nation's largest nonprofit dropout-prevention program.
Concertgoers in Baltimore, Washington, Cleveland, Chicago, and Philadelphia last month paid an extra 25 cents per ticket that will go to support the organization's work in 53 communities across the nation.
While it is unclear how much the effort will net, last year the group received more than $340,000 from concerts by Janet Jackson, Madonna, and Don Henley, according to a spokesman.