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The Chicago board of education, in a change of heart, says it will drop its appeal to deny workers' compensation to a teacher who was shot by a gunman while trying to save students' lives. Originally, the board appealed a decision that granted $13,447 to the teacher, Clarence Notree, arguing that saving children's lives was not part of his job. In September 1991, while Mr. Notree was running basketball drills for about 30 students in an after-school recreation program, a gunman burst into the gym at Woodson North Elementary School and starting shooting.

"There were some kids that were kind of mesmerized when the shots started," Mr. Notree said. "I just made them run over to the other gymnasium, and I was hit."

Mr. Notree, 47, has been a teacher for 19 years. He lost 20 percent of the use of his right wrist and has trouble playing some sports.

Marca Bristo, has been named to chair the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that makes recommendations to the President and Congress on public-policy issues affecting people with disabilities. Ms. Bristo is the first person with a disability to hold this position. She is the president and C.E.O. of Access Living in Chicago. ... Gov. Kirk Fordice of Mississippi has been appointed to the National Education Goals Panel. The Republican joins seven other governors who serve on the bipartisan panel. ...

The Cleveland school board has approved a two-year extension to the contract of Superintendent Sammie Campbell Parrish. Ms. Parrish assumed the job in 1992. ... Marjorie Bakken will be inaugurated as the president of Wheelock College in Boston this month. The college is recognized as a national leader in teacher training. ... Barry F. Sullivan has been selected by Chancellor Ramon C. Cortines to fill the newly created post of chief operations officer for the New York City schools. Mr. Sullivan is the head of the New York City Partnership, whose members include 150 leaders of the city's biggest corporations and the city's chamber of commerce.

--Adrienne D. Coles

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