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Sammie Campbell Parrish has said she will step down as the superintendent of the Cleveland public schools at the end of March. In a statement last week, Ms. Parrish described her 2 1/2-year tenure with Ohio's largest school system as a way "to make a difference in the educational lives of 74,000 largely poor, largely African-American children."

"I have a sense that perhaps my greatest contribution in Cleveland has already been made," Ms. Parrish said. Just as she began thinking along those lines, Ms. Parrish said, she was offered a job as the dean of North Carolina Central University's college of education, which she accepted.

Despite the Cleveland district's recurring financial problems, Ms. Parrish said her work there has been rewarding. But, she added, "like most big-city superintendents, my family life, health, and emotional well-being have all been put on the back burner. My intuitive sense of timing said 'accept the opportunity--move on."'

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has named Marsha Levine to head a project to devise accreditation standards for professional-development schools. The project is designed to advance reforms in teacher-preparation programs and to enhance professionalism among teachers. Ms. Levine is a member of the research faculty at the graduate school of education and human development at George Washington University....For some people, the spotlight of fame can shine too bright. That seems to be the case for the Pine Bluff, Ark., teenager who drew national acclaim after he saved the lives of 14 people, then missed the assembly to honor him because he skipped school that day. Steven Hines rescued 12 children and two adults trapped in a burning mobile home on Feb. 11. To honor his heroics, Pine Bluff High School's principal, Andrew Tolbert, planned an assembly. When the guest of honor didn't show, the assembly was postponed.

Leslie Loble has been tapped as U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich's chief of staff. As the Labor Department's deputy assistant secretary for policy and budget, she played a key role in last year's passage of the Clinton Administration's Goals 2000 legislation.

--Adrienne D. Coles

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