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Louisiana Board Names Cody Chief

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The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has chosen Wilmer S. Cody, former superintendent of the Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools, to become the state's first appointed superintendent of education.

The 11-member board, which also acted as a search committee, agreed April 19 to appoint Mr. Cody to the post, which previously was filled by election. The board's choice must be ratified by the state Senate.

Mr. Cody, 51, heads a Council of Chief State School Officers panel studying ways to make interstate comparisons using the National Assessment of Educational Progress. He was superintendent of the Birmingham (Ala.) school district for 10 years before moving to Maryland.

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