The Los Angeles teacher who was wounded in the head by a stray bullet at an elementary school last month has improved from critical to fair condition, hospital officials said last week. Alfredo Perez left Martin Luther King-Drew Medical Center last week for the rehabilitation unit at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, where he was expected to remain for at least two months.
Mr. Perez, 30, was struck by a bullet fired from outside the school as he sat in front of his 5th graders in the library at Figueroa Street Elementary School in southeast Los Angeles on Feb. 22.
Mr. Perez is able to feed himself, has increased movement on his once-paralyzed left side, and communicates with handwritten notes, according to hospital officials. In a recent interview with local television station KCBS, Mr. Perez's wife, Virginia, said she believed her husband would return to the school someday to teach.
There have been two arrests in the shooting, which investigators believe stemmed from a dispute among gang members, police said last week. A third suspect was being sought.
The American Association of School Personnel Administrators has selected Esther Coleman as its new executive director. Ms. Coleman, a human-resources specialist with the Virginia Beach, Va., school system, will begin her new position in July. She will replace Herb Salinger, who is retiring from the Sacramento, Calif.-based organization. ... Louann Bierlein has been named the education-policy adviser to Gov. Mike Foster of Louisiana. Ms. Bierlein is known for her national research on charter schools and before her selection was the director of Louisiana State University's Education Policy Research Center in Baton Rouge. She will oversee the Republican governor's efforts to develop a school-reform plan for the state. Ms. Bierlein said she expects to have a plan ready by the spring of 1997.
The superintendent of the Kalamazoo, Mich., schools, Frank E. Rapley, has been appointed to a two-year term as the dean of the college of education at Western Michigan University. Mr. Rapley, who has held the top job at the 12,275-student system for 14 years, had announced in August that he would retire in June.
--Adrienne D. Coles
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