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Ken C. Rolling

Ken C. Rolling has been named the executive director of Parents for Public Schools, a national network of parents pushing for improvements in public education.

Mr. Rolling, 57, formerly served as the executive director of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a seven-year, $54 million school reform effort that ended in 2002.

In his new job, Mr. Rolling succeeded Amina J. Shahid-El, who had been serving as interim executive director since last October.

The Jackson, Miss.-based Parents for Public Schools has 24 local chapters in 14 states. Mr. Rolling will be based in Chicago.

Ray Christensen

Ray Christensen, a former South Dakota secretary of education and cultural affairs, has joined Harcourt Educational Measurement as a senior director for program management.

Before serving in the education secretary's post from 1999 to 2002, Mr. Christensen, 56, spearheaded the Wiring the Schools program, a South Dakota state initiative that introduced the Internet and online learning to 719 schools.

The San Antonio-based Harcourt Educational Measurement, a division of Harcourt Inc., provides testing programs and other assessment products for prekindergarten through the 12th grade.

Charles E. Pawlawski has been promoted to vice president and manager for ACT Inc.'s Midwest regional office, based in Lincolnshire, Ill.

Mr. Pawlawski, 47, who was previously the director of elementary and secondary education programs for the Midwest region, succeeds Jon Erickson, who became the vice president of educational services and moved to the ACT's main office in Iowa City, Iowa.

ACT Inc., which designs and administers the ACT college- entrance exam, also markets other educational and assessment programs for K-12 and postsecondary educators.

—Catherine A. Carroll

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Vol. 22, Issue 39, Page 5

Published in Print: June 4, 2003, as People in the News

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