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George J. McKenna, whose achievements as the principal of Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles made him the subject of a television movie, was told recently that he must step down as superintendent of the Inglewood, Calif., public schools when his contract expires next June.

Earlier this month, the Inglewood school board voted 3 to 2 against renewing his contract to head the 15,000-student district for a sixth year. Loystene Irvin, the board's president, declined to comment on the decision.

Mr. McKenna, 53, became superintendent in 1988. He and the Inglewood board have clashed over the district's management and its personnel policies.

Mr. McKenna said he would not fight the board's decision.

Teach For America announced last week that Daniel J. Porter, 27, has been promoted to president of the organization, replacing Wendy S. Kopp.

Ms. Kopp, 26, who conceived of the non-profit teacher corps as a student at Princeton University, has become chairwoman of the organization and plans to focus "on the financial viability of Teach For America in the long term,'' seeking private-sector support and federal funding, said Christine Thelmo, a spokeswoman. Mr. Porter will oversee day-to-day operations.

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