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John Ellis, the superintendent of schools in Austin, Tex., was nominated last week by Gov. James J. Florio of New Jersey to become the state's next commissioner of education.

The 60-year-old Mr. Ellis has headed the Austin school system since 1980. Previously he was superintendent in Columbus, Ohio, for six years and spent three years as executive deputy commissioner for educational programs in the U.S. Education Department.

The National Education Association has cited Mr. Ellis as a "national leader" for his role in integrating the Austin schools in the early 1980's.

Mr. Ellis would replace Saul Cooperman, who resigned when he learned that Mr. Florio planned to launch a national search for a new education commissioner.

Mr. Ellis's nomination must be approved by the state Senate.

James R. Moss, superintendent of public instruction in Utah, has announced that he will resign June 30 to head a private business-education partnership.

Throughout his three-year term, Mr. Moss has often been at odds with the nine-member state board of education. Three members of the board have sought his ouster because of what some observers have described as an abrasive management style.

Mr. Moss said in an interview that his "deteriorating position with the state board" influenced the timing of his decision to resign.

On July 1, he will become executive director of the Utah Partnership for Education and Economic Development, which, he said, will work to foster collaboration between precollegiate education, higher education, and the state's business community.

Scott Bean, associate superintendent for administration, has been named interim superintendent, pending the outcome of a national search for a permanent replacement.

Bart Simpson, the wisecracking 10-year-old star of television's hit cartoon series "The Simpsons," has been expelled from Lutz Elementary School in Ballsville Township, Ohio.

Bill Krumnow, the school's principal, has asked students to stop wearing the popular T-shirts featuring the spikey-haired Bart (an anagram for "brat"), especially one that proclaims "Under-achiever and proud of it, man."

"To be proud of being an incompetent is a contradiction of what we stand for," Mr. Krumnow said.

A spokesman for the series told a Toledo newspaper that Mr. Krumnow is not the first principal to give Bart the boot.

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