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Two metropolitan Atlanta-area superintendents are moving on. The Gwinnett County superintendent, George Thompson, has accepted a job as a senior associate with the Center for Leadership in School Reform.

Mr. Thompson, who has been the superintendent of the 80,000-student district for five years, requested a release from his contract by Jan. 1 to take on his new position. The private, nonprofit center based in Louisville, Ky., provides technical assistance to reform efforts at schools.

Superintendent Robert Freeman of the Dekalb County schools has said he will step down when his current contract ends in July 1996cq sd. Mr. Freeman says he is not retiring--he would like to teach at the college level.

During his tenure, the district has seen tremendous change. When he took office in 1980, it was overwhelmingly white and under court order to desegregate. Today, the 82,000-student district is mostly black, with large Hispanic and Asian populations.

The actress Jane Fonda has given a $1 million scholarship challenge grant to her alma mater, the Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y. The grant from the 1955 graduate helps the school reach a $4 million goal for scholarship endowment. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department has appointed Lavinia Limonphoto, cq sd the director of its office of family assistance. The office administers the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program, and the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training program. Ms. Limon has been active in social programs for more than 18 years.

The Charles A. Dana Foundation has announced the winners of its 1994 Charles A. Dana Awards for Pioneering Achievements in Education. They are: Robert F. Sexton, the executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, and Robert E. Slavin, the co-director of the Center for Research on Education of Students Placed At-Risk at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Mr. Sexton is honored for his role in the creation and leadership of the Prichard Committee, a citizens' policy group that has helped spur dramatic change in Kentucky's school system. Mr. Slavin is honored for his involvement in the development of Success for All, an early-education program devoted to ending the downward spiral of academic failure in impoverished districts. Each will receive $50,000.

--Adrienne D. Coles

Vol. 14, Issue 09

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