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President Reagan is expected to select Susan S. Suter, the state rehabilitation director in Illinois, to head the federal Rehabilitation Services Administration.

The appointment will be announced after a routine background check by the Federal Bureau of Investigation is completed, according to officials in the Congress and the Education Department.

Ms. Suter would replace Justin W. Dart Jr.

Mr. Dart was forced to resign last year after he publicly criticized the management of the rsa, which is part of the department's office of special education and rehabilitative services.

Mr. Dart's resignation was the culmination of a long-brewing dispute that pitted him and directors of state rehabilitation programs against the assistant secretary in charge of osers, Madeleine C. Will.

Ms. Suter--who, like Mr. Dart, is disabled--was one of 80 state rehabilitation directors who signed a letter accusing Ms. Will of usurping Mr. Dart's authority.

The Illinois director's anticipated appointment is expected to help mend the rift between osers and the state officials.


Special-Education Grant

Awarded to N.C. Center

To Assist the States


The Frank Porter Graham Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received an $11-million federal contract to help states implement the 1986 special-education law.

Under the contract awarded by the Education Department, the center will set up a National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System.

The center will offer resources, information, and training designed to help state officials extend special-education services to handicapped infants and toddlers.

The Education of the Handicapped Amendments Act of 1986, P.L. 99-457, provides incentives for states to serve all handicapped 3- to 5-year-olds and establishes a new grant program for serving disabled infants.

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