Published Online: September 3, 1997

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Carolyn Getridge, the Oakland, Calif., school superintendent who was criticized for her ardent support of black English, or "ebonics," has resigned to take a job in the private sector.

The school district named Deputy Superintendent Carole Quan as her replacement.

Ms. Getridge, who stepped down last month after three years in office and 30 years with the school system, has taken an executive position with Voyager Expanded Learning, a for-profit educational organization based in Dallas.

"This is both a painful and exciting parting with the district," Ms. Getridge said in a statement.

Her final year in Oakland was marked by controversy. The district board resolved in December 1996 to teach many of the district's African-American students in what was described as their primary language of ebonics.

After intense national criticism, the board scaled back parts of its plan.

John A. Krol, the president and chief executive officer of the DuPont Co., has been selected to serve as the chairman of the education task force of the Business Roundtable.

The Business Roundtable, based in Washington, is an association of CEOs of leading U.S. corporations that examines public issues affecting the economy.

In 1989, the Roundtable committed to a 10-year effort to work with state policymakers and educators to restructure state education systems to ensure higher achievement.

"We have an enormous stake in the success of our public schools," Mr. Krol said in a prepared statement after assuming leadership of the task force.

The Chicago public schools system has named Cozette Buckney as the district's new chief education officer.

Ms. Buckney, who was the chief of staff for the 424,000-student school system, will replace Lynn St. James, who retired last month.

Ms. Buckney has spent nearly 30 years with the Chicago public schools, beginning as a high school English teacher.

--ADRIENNE D. COLES acoles@epe.org

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