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Former U.S. Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander has joined the board of directors of Beacon Education Management Inc., a school-management company based in Westborough, Mass.

Lamar Alexander

Mr. Alexander, 60, is also the founder and chairman of, a Web- based venture that seeks to make school purchasing easier, and a former governor of Tennessee.

California Business for Education Excellence, an organization formed in 1998 by major businesses in the state to try to improve schools, has named Suzanne Tacheny as its executive director.

Suzanne Tacheny

Ms. Tacheny previously served as the Sacramento-based group's policy director.

The Washington Professional Educator Standards Board has announced that Jennifer Wallace will be its first executive director.

The 19- member board advises state policymakers on a wide range of issues affecting licensed educators in the state, in addition to making rules for tests administered to beginning teachers.

Ms. Wallace was previously the education policy adviser for Washington Gov. Gary Locke.

Sharon Franz

The Academy for Educational Development has announced the retirement of Sharon Franz, 59, as senior vice president and the director of the education and exchange-services division of the New York City-based organization.

Ms. Franz plans to do consulting work on educational improvement.

—Vanessa Dea

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Vol. 20, Issue 8, Page 2

Published in Print: October 25, 2000, as People in the News

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