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The Dayton, Ohio, school board has named James Williams, the district's deputy superintendent for the past three years, the new superintendent.

Mr. Williams succeeds Franklin Smith, who becomes superintendent of the District of Columbia public schools on July 1.


James Vasquez, the superintendent of the Edgewood, Tex., school district for 13 years and a driving force behind the district's finance-equity suit against the state, has announced his resignation effective Aug. 31.

Mr. Vasquez, 57, is a 31-year veteran of the Edgewood system.

The lawsuit he helped spearhead challenged the way public schools are funded in Texas, claiming the system's reliance on property-tax revenues discriminates against property-poor districts like Edgewood.

The Texas Supreme Court agreed, and ordered the state to devise a new method of funding schools.

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