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The American Federation of Teachers has scored a decisive representation victory over its rival, the National Education Association, in Dade County, Fla. (See Education Week, Dec. 15, 1982.)

The United Teachers of Dade, an aft affiliate, won nearly 70 percent of the 10,850 votes cast by teachers, substitutes, and support staff in the district.

The nea-affiliated Dade Teachers' Association spent two years in its unsuccessful challenge of the utd, which has been the collective-bargaining agent for the area's teachers since 1974, when bargaining rights were first granted to Florida teachers.

Public schools in Conecuh County, Ala., have been spared premature closing, thanks to a $150,000 loan from the city of Evergreen. The board had voted to close schools on Dec. 10, when operating money was expected to run out because of a 10-percent cut in state funds. (See Education Week, Nov. 24, 1982.)

The unexpected $150,000 from the city of Evergreen, combined with additional cuts in maintenance and transportation, will enable the schools to stay open until the end of the school year, according to William S. Howard, assistant superintendent for the district.

School officials are continuing to discuss other avenues for raising more money with county and city officials.

Today's school superintendents are still "overwhelmingly white and male," but the American Associ-ation of School Administrators' 1982 survey of superintendents, published this month, has identified significant shifts in the characteristics of the group. (See Education Week, March 10, 1982.)

Today's superintendents, unlike their predecessors:

Have more experience in jobs outside of education;

Reflect more experience in elementary schools;

Are less likely to have teaching experience in social studies and coaching athletics, and more likely to have teaching experience in mathematics, English, drama, and journalism;

Have slightly less overall classroom teaching experience.

The report, The American School Superintendency, 1982, A Summary Report, is available for $8.95 from the American Association of School Administrators, 1801 North Moore St., Arlington, Va. 22209.

Vol. 02, Issue 15

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