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John W. Porter has accepted a one-year contract as interim superintendent of the Detroit school system.

Observers described the move this month as a victory for the slate of school-board members elected last fall on a promise to lead the district in a new direction. Veteran members had opposed Mr. Porter's candidacy.

The new superintendent's first task will be to devise a $50-million deficit-reduction plan for the district. The board has dropped plans to ask voters in June to approve a levy increase and bond referendum that could have erased an estimated $151-million deficit.

A former state superintendent of instruction in Michigan, Mr. Porter has been serving as vice president of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

High-school baseball needs its own "world series," officials of the National High School Athletic Coaches Association have suggested.

Skip Morris, executive director of the group, said last week that the concept calls for four teams featuring the best high-school players from the United States, Canada, the Orient, and Latin America. The nhsaca plans to seek the approval of the United States Baseball Federation and corporate sponsorship to underwrite the series.

Boardwalk and Baseball, an amusement park and baseball spring-training facility near Orlando, Fla., is the potential site for the series, which could start by 1991, he said.

Students from Mississippi and Georgia have won a national contest to christen the space shuttle that will replace the ill-fated Challenger.

The winners, selected by President Bush from a field of 111 state finalists, suggested the name Endeavour, after the sailing vessel used by the 18th-century explorer James Cook to chart the Pacific Ocean.

The class of gifted 5th-grade students at Senatobia Middle School in Mississippi, guided by Martha Riales, and a team of high-school students from Georgia's Tallulah Falls School, under the direction of Martha Cantrell, received their awards at a White House ceremony this month.

The Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration sponsored the competition to fufill a Congressional mandate that the nation's schoolchildren name the Challenger's replacement.

Students had to involve teachers, parents, and members of their community in a research project to support their nomination.

John W.Porter

Vol. 08, Issue 36

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