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Nine members of the three community school boards in New York City that had been suspended by the system's chancellor won re-election to their posts in May 2 balloting, according to a preliminary count released by the city's board of elections last week.

But the two incumbents who had sought re-election to the District 12 board despite pending indictments on bribery charges were defeated, the early election returns indicated.

In the 20 districts that had been counted as of last week, 78 incumbents won re-election to the nine-member boards, as did 37 candidates who represented themselves as parents of children in the system, according to the Public Education Association, a watchdog group that focuses on the schools.

The election, in which a record-low 6 percent of eligible voters participated, produced a "mixed bag" of results, said Judith Baum, a spokesperson for pea Ms. Baum also is chairman of the City Wide Community School Boards Elections Committee.

Meanwhile, the New York City Board of Education last week deferred action on establishing a process for selecting a new schools chancellor to replace Richard R. Green, who died May 10.

Vol. 08, Issue 35

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