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The Columbus, Ohio, school board has chosen Larry Mixon, an assistant superintendent, as the district's interim superintendent.

Mr. Mixon will take over management of the 64,000-student district will until a permanent successor to John Middleton can be found. Mr. Middleton resigned last month to take a position at Ohio State University.

Henry M. Levin, a professor of education at Stanford University, has won a Charles A. Dana Award for his development of the Accelerated Schools Project.

Under the program, more than 300 elementary schools nationwide use academic enrichment and accelerated programs to improve the performance of at-risk students.

Also in education, Gary D. Keller, a professor at Arizona State University, has won a Dana award for developing Project 1000, a national effort to help Hispanic Americans enroll and do well in graduate school.

The Dana awards have been made annually since 1986 by the Charles A. Dana Foundation to recognize pioneering achievements in health and education. Each winner receives $50,000 and a medallion.

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