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State Comptroller H. Carl McCall, State Education Commissioner Richard P. Mills and Mara Liasson, the White House correspondent for National Public Radio, will speak during the annual convention of the New York State School Boards Association, which will be held Thursday through Sunday in the Buffalo Convention Center.

About 4,000 educators are expected to attend the sessions, which begin with a series of workshops Thursday. McCall and Carl T. Hayden, chancellor of the state Board of Regents, will speak at 8:30 p.m.

Friday's schedule includes programs on better use of classroom time; early childhood education; tenure and seniority rights; student First Amendment rights; classroom technology; student assessment; labor negotiations; and drug and alcohol abuse.

In a 9 a.m. session, Mills will speak along with Harold Hodgkinson, director of the Center on Demographic Policy at the Institute for Educational Leadership.

Daniel A. Domenech, president of the American Association of School Administrators, and John R. O'Rourke of Pittsford, the 1997 national superintendent of year, will speak during a 12:30 p.m. luncheon.

Workshops on Saturday will include budget oversight, student discipline, sexual harassment, staff development, phonics and whole language instruction, and special education. Ms. Liasson will speak during the banquet, which begins at 7 p.m.

The convention will conclude Sunday with talks by Saul B. Cohen, a member of the Board of Regents, and Louis Grumet, executive director of the association.

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