Education News in Brief


May 12, 2015 1 min read

Also in that issue, an article on the state takeover of the Lawrence, Mass., district misstated the name of Education Resource Strategies.

William J. Bushaw, a former teacher and a veteran of the worlds of research and state education policy, has been selected as the new executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board.

He will assume his duties July 27, succeeding Cornelia S. Orr, who retired in March. He’ll oversee the 26-member board that sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP.

Mr. Bushaw served for a decade as the chief executive officer of PDK International. He also managed national and state research grants at the University of Michigan’s Merit Network Inc., was a deputy superintendent and chief academic officer at the Michigan education department, a high school principal, and a teacher in elementary and middle schools.

Baker Kurrus

Baker Kurrus, a lawyer, will be the new superintendent of the 25,000-student Little Rock district in Arkansas.

He replaces former Superintendent Dexter Suggs, who resigned last month amid allegations of plagiarism.

Mr. Kurrus served on the Little Rock school board from 1998 to 2010. He also had been working as a volunteer chairman of the district’s financial-advisory group.

A version of this article appeared in the May 13, 2015 edition of Education Week as Transitions