Thomas K. Gilhool, the former Pennsylvania secretary of education turned public-school teacher, has left teaching to resume his law practice.
Mr. Gilhool's appointment to a teaching position at an inner-city Philadelphia school last November was steeped in controversy. He held no teaching credentials at the time and was given the test separately from other candidates. The district's superintendent of schools, Constance E. Clayton, said he received no special treatment.
In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Mr. Gilhool said his $25,000 salary was too low and that he was frustrated with bureaucratic rules facing teachers and with the drug and other problems of his students.
Bill Cosby has ordered the removal of a mural from the opening credits of "The Cosby Show" because of a dispute with a children's group over creative credit.
The mural, which was shown for five epi6sodes of the current season, was inspired by a work created by the Creative Arts Workshop for Homeless Children, a Harlem-based organization.
Producers for the situation comedy said in a statement that they created a new mural because the Creative Arts Workshop was "unprepared to obtain necessary legal clearance" for use of their work, entitled "Street of Dreams."
"We had originally asked only for credit," said Vivian Polak, a lawyer for the workshop. "All the kids were ready to sign releases."
Ms. Polak said the producers then wanted commercial and distribution rights to the mural. "If they want to use it worldwide, we want a contribution to the children's education," she said.
After three weeks of unsuccessful negotiations between the workshop and the Cosby program's producers, the mural was pulled from the program.
"I am deeply disappointed," Mr. Cosby said in a statement. "This would have been something that for another 10 years they [the children] could have pointed to with pride in that this was something they inspired."
Peter K. Mitchell Jr. has been named executive director of the International Reading Association.
Since 1982 he has been an official with the International Federation of Free Teachers' Unions, based in Amsterdam. He also was on the staff of the American Federation of Teachers and taught secondary school.
Mr. Mitchell's three-year term begins Jan. 1.
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