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Parents for Public Schools, a national network of parents who push for better public education, has appointed Amina J. Shahid-El as its interim executive director.

Since joining PPS in 1998, Ms. Shahid-El, 48, served as the organization's special-projects coordinator and as a regional director responsible for the development of rural PPS chapters. Although the parents' group is based in Jackson, Miss., Ms. Shahid-El works from an office in Fountain, N.C.

Amina J. Shahid-El

Before working for PPS, Ms. Shahid-El was the manager of corporate services for the LBA Group Inc., an international telecommunications company based in Greenville, N.C.

Kelly Allin Butler, 49, served as Parents for Public Schools' executive director for nine years. Ms. Butler is now an education consultant in Mississippi.

PPS has started a search for a permanent executive director.

Inez F. Liftig

The National Science Teachers Association has appointed Inez F. Liftig to be the field editor for Science Scope, a professional journal for middle school science teachers that is published eight times a year.

During her three-year term, Ms. Liftig, 54, will continue to serve as an 8th grade science teacher at the 620-student Fairfield Woods Middle School in Fairfield, Conn.

Science Scope publishes news about science education as well as articles on practical activities for classroom instruction.

The Arlington, Va.-based NSTA has more than 53,000 members.

Carnegie Learning Inc. has announced that James B. Nye is its new president and chief executive officer.

Before joining Carnegie Learning, Mr. Nye was a sales and marketing consultant in the New York City area. He succeeds William Hadley, who served as interim president for a year before becoming the company's chief academic officer and vice president of educational services.

Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Learning develops technology-based curricula for students in middle school through college.

—Catherine A. Carroll

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Vol. 22, Issue 12, Page 5

Published in Print: November 20, 2002, as People in the News

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