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Harold Raynolds Jr., the commissioner of education in Massachusetts, has resigned.

Mr. Raynolds, who had held the post since June 1986, said in a letter to the chairman of the state board of education that he was leaving the post because he was disappointed with the severe cutbacks in education funding made by the state in recent years.

His resignation was effective Aug 31.

Mary Bicouvaris, the 1989 national public-school Teacher of the Year, has decided her state's early-retirement program is too good to pass up.

Mr. Bicouvaris, 52, has accepted an offer by the Virginia Department of Education to take early retirement. The state is offering cash incentives as part of its effort to eradicate a budget shortfall of more than $2 billion.

Ms. Bicouvaris, who taught at Bethel High School in Hampton, Va., accepted a job teaching government and international relations at a private school in nearby Newport News.

She told a local newspaper that she had not lost faith in public education, however, and that she accepted the offer "with great reservation."

During her year, Ms. Bicouvaris travelled extensively to promote education, including a trip to the Soviet Union, where she met with President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.

The new president-elect of the National Association of Elementary School Principals is John R. Fero, principal of Jefferson Elementary School in Helena, Mont.

Mr. Fero assumes his duties for the 1991-92 school year, and will become the 26,000 member group's president next July.

Vol. 11, Issue 01, Page 1

Published in Print: September 4, 1991, as People News
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