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Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Thomas K. Gilhool's quest to become a teacher in the Philadelphia school district has been put on hold while officials investigate allegations of irregularities in the administration of the written and oral segments of the district's teaching examination. (See Education Week, Sept. 27, 1989.)

Mr. Gilhool, who passed the city test in August, was awaiting a school assignment in September when he was told that his application was being put on hold because of "certain irregularities in the testing procedure," according to a report by The Associated Press.

The Philadelphia Department of Education declined to comment on the news report last week, and Mr. Gilhool was unavailable for comment.

Mr. Gilhool, a public-interest lawyer who resigned the state post last June, reportedly took the district's examination in a separate room from the more than 50 other applicants, and he was given the oral part of the exam by a different panel than the other applicants.

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