Published Online: January 29, 1997

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Milwaukee Superintendent Robert Jasna has announced that he will retire at the end of the school year. The announcement came just one day after the school board offered Mr. Jasna a two-year extension to his contract.

Mr. Jasna, 58, was appointed to head the 98,000-student district after Howard Fuller resigned in 1995. His retirement will take effect in June.

Four educators from the nation's heartland have been named as finalists for the 1997 National Teacher of the Year.

The finalists, chosen from among the state Teacher of the Year winners, are: George Abshire, a 7th grade math teacher at Jenks East Middle School in Jenks, Okla.; Sharon Draper, an English and language arts teacher at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati; Jan Mitchell, a language arts teacher at Marshalltown High School in Marshalltown, Iowa; and Rosalind Hurley Richards, a 5th grade teacher at Squires Elementary School in Lexington, Ky.

The annual awards program, now in its 46th year, is sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic Inc. A panel of experts from a host of education organizations selected the national finalists this month.

The four teachers will gather in Washington in March to meet with a selection committee for final interviews. The winner will be announced by President Clinton at a White House ceremony in April.

The Archdiocese of New York has named William A. Goodloe as the director of the Inner City Scholarship Fund.

Founded in 1971, the fund provides tuition assistance to more than 48,000 youths at 115 Roman Catholic schools in New York City.

Of the students who receive aid from the $7.5 million program, 99 percent graduate from high school and more than 90 percent go on to college.

Mr. Goodloe, 37, the former director of development and public relations at the Jackie Robinson Foundation, a New York City-based philanthropy, is the first African-American to hold the position.

ADRIENNE D. COLES acoles@epe.org

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