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Arthur W. Steller, the superintendent of the Oklahoma City public schools, has resigned to take the top job in the Cobb County, Ga., school system.

Mr. Steller, who has overseen the 36,000-student Oklahoma City district for seven years, is expected to take up his new duties in mid-November, a district spokesman said.

The Cobb County district, near Atlanta, has some 76,000 students.

In a statement, Mr. Steller said he sought another job because school boards in Oklahoma can only offer one-year contracts, providing little job security.

The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science for 1992 was awarded last week to Gary S. Becker, a professor at the University of Chicago whose work has largely focused on how society invests in human capital.

The Nobel citation noted that Mr. Becker has "formulated a general theory for behavior of family--including not only the distribution of work and the allocation of time in the family, but also decisions regarding marriage, divorce, and children.''

In the Oct. 12 issue of Business Week magazine, Mr. Becker wrote in support of vouchers and private school choice.

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