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Ted Elsberg and Blanche Schwartz, the veteran president and executive vice president of the New York Council of Supervisors and Administrators, have lost their joint bid for re-election.

The team of Donald Singer, president of the New York City Association of Assistant Principals, and Joseph J. Kovaly, president of the city's Association of Elementary School Principals, won the leadership positions of the 4,500-member csa by a 120-vote margin. They will take office Feb. 1.

Mr. Elsberg, who will remain as president of the American Federation of School Administrators, said that his December defeat hinged on a number of issues, among them his focus on national concerns.

Mr. Singer said that "re-establishing the role of the supervisor as the true leader of public education" would be his top priority as president.

David W. Hornbeck has been named chairman of the board of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Mr. Hornbeck, 47, was superintendent of Maryland's public schools from 1976 until last summer, when he joined the Washington law firm of Hogan and Hartson. He also serves as a vis6iting professor of public policy at the John Hopkins University.

Mr. Hornbeck was president of the Council of Chief State School Officers in 1986 and 1987.

He succeeds Stanley O. Ikenberry, president of the University of Illinois, as the Carnegie board's chairman.

The West Virginia Board of Education has named John Pisapia, the assistant state superintendent, to replace Superintendent W. Thomas McNeel, who resigned last month.

Mr. Pisapia, 51, will serve as state chief until July 1, when he is scheduled to assume a post at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a 20-year veteran of West Virginia schools and the state education department, most recently as head of its general-education division.

Richard M. Daley, a leading candidate in Chicago's hotly contested mayoral race, has vowed to make reform of the city's beleagured public schools his "number one priority" if elected. The son of the late long-time mayor, Richard J. Daley, also promises to appoint a deputy mayor for education to help set the "tone and direction" of reform efforts.

Mr. Daley, who is currently a state's attorney, is considered the strongest opponent of the incumbent, Eugene Sawyer, in the Feb. 28 Democratic primary. The candidates are vying to complete the two years remaining in the term of the late Mayor Harold Washington.

Under a reform bill passed last fall by the legislature, the next mayor will appoint a revamped board of education for the city.

David W.Hornbeck

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