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Theodore S. Sergi

Theodore S. Sergi has been reappointed Connecticut's commissioner of education by the state school board. Mr. Sergi, 49, has worked with the Connecticut education department for 20 years. In his position, which he has held since 1995, he works with officials from the state's 166 districts, which serve more than half a million students. Mr. Sergi's new four-year term begins next month.

Steven O. Laing

Steven O. Laing, Utah's associate state superintendent, has been named the new state superintendent of public instruction. Mr. Laing, 48, has served in his current position for one year and is slated to take over Jan. 8 from

Scott W. Bean

Scott W. Bean, who announced his retirement Dec. 1. Mr. Bean, 59, has held the post since 1992. He has worked in education for more than 35 years.

James B. Hunt, Jr.

James B. Hunt Jr., the governor of North Carolina, has been named Policy Leader of the Year by the Alexandria, Va.-based National Association of State Boards of Education. The Democratic governor, 61, currently serving his fourth, nonconsecutive term, was honored in part for the passage of his bill, the Excellent Schools Act, which increases standards for teachers and links teacher pay to performance and for his efforts in helping to create the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The Southfield, Mich.-based organization provides veteran teachers the opportunity to undergo a rigorous assessment leading toward national certification.

--Michelle Galley

Vol. 18, Issue 16, Page 2

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