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The Cleveland Board of Education has voted unanimously to select Ronald A. Boyd as superintendent of the city's 75,000-student system.

The 44-year-old Mr. Boyd, whose negotiated contract was expected to be approved by the board late last week, replaces Frederick D. Holliday, the city's first black school superintendent, who committed suicide last January.

Mr. Boyd, who is also black, is expected to start work in early October. He is leaving a job with the 27,000-student Compton (Calif.) Unified School District, where he has served as deputy superintendent.

Senator Mark Hatfield, Republican of Oregon, has said that to ensure stable funding for education in his home state he will vote for a state sales tax appearing on the ballot in Oregon elections this week.

Senator Hatfield, the state's senior senator, has long opposed such a tax, but recently told Gov. Victor G. Atiyeh that his concern for education supersedes his opposition.

State lawmakers this summer referred the sales-tax proposal to voters; it is scheduled to appear on the Sept. 17 ballot and has the Governor's strong support.

The sales tax, if approved, would be the state's first and would provide as much as $700 million annually for elementary and secondary education.

Marilyn Russell Bittle, president of the California Teachers Association, an affiliate of the National Education Association, declined to attend a breakfast meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett hosted earlier this month by the San Jose Board of Education. Mr. Bennett was in San Jose as part of his teaching trips to schools in eight cities this month.

Ms. Bittle refused the invitation as a way of showing her support for the San Jose Teachers Association, a cta affiliate now engaged in a contract dispute with the board, according to Denise M. Holt, a cta spokesman. The cta local picketed the meeting, she said.

Ms. Holt said local union officials had "taken offense" over a statement attributed to Loye W. Miller, Mr. Bennett's press secretary. Mr. Miller reportedly said that San Jose had been selected for the visit because of its "success in turning around a district torn by employee unrest and financial disaster."

"The truth of the matter," said Ms. Bittle, "is that labor relations with teachers in that district have deteriorated significantly."

H. Ross Perot, the Texas computer magnate who led that state's assertive school-reform commission, will be honored by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States, the group announced earlier this month.

The Winston Churchill Award, which Mr. Perot will receive next February, is given periodically to individuals who embody such Churchillian traits as "boldness, vigor, imagination, and courage," said John L. Loeb, president of the group.

Mr. Perot, who founded and is the chairman of Electronic Data Systems Corporation, organized and participated in a 1979 mission to rescue two of his employees held captive in Iran. Earlier, he had underwritten a plan to free American prisoners in Vietnam.

Vol. 05, Issue 03

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