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John A. Murphy, who as superintendent of the Prince George's County, Md., public schools has built a reputation as a proponent of magnet schools, said in an interview last week that the district will have to develop new desegregation techniques to meet court-ordered racial-balance goals.

Mr. Murphy's comments echoed similar remarks he made at a public meeting at a school in the district earlier this month.

After several years in which the use of magnet schools enabled the district to exceed the court's goals, the district was for the first time this fall unable to meet the goal of having 85 percent of its students in desegregated schools.

Mr. Murphy said the district, which has been enrolling a steadily growing number of black students, no longer "has enough white students to go around."

"Expansion of our magnet programs will not solve the problems of the future," he said. "We're going to have to look for solutions that haven't been invented yet."

Four finalists have been named in the 1990 National Teacher of the Year program sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers. They are Rachel Sara Moreno, a Spanish teacher at Flowing Wells High School, Tucson, Ariz.; Janis T. Gabay, an English teacher at Junipero Serra High School, San Diego; Billy Dean Nave Jr., a teacher at River Valley Alternative School, Turner, Maine; and Maria McAlister Pyles, a social-studies teacher at Greenwood High School, Greenwood, S.C.

The winner will be announced the first week in April at a White House ceremony.

Mississippi's deputy state superintendent of education, Tom Saterfiel, has been named interim superintendent, replacing Richard Boyd, who resigned effective Dec. 31.

Mr. Saterfiel, 39, has not decided whether he will be a candidate to fill the $70,000-a-year job on a permanent basis.

The state has launched a national search to replace Mr. Boyd, and hopes to have a permanent replacement by June.

In a move that may foretell difficult times for Boston Schools Superintendent Laval S. Wilson, the Boston school committee has elected Daniel Burke, an outspoken critic of the superintendent, to serve for one year as president of the board.

Mr. Burke defeated John P. Grady, a consistent supporter of Mr. Wilson, on the 19th ballot during a New Year's Day meeting.

Mr. Wilson's current two-year contract, which was approved by the school committee on a 7-to-6 vote last June, allows the board to evaluate the superintendent's performance every six months.

Two of Mr. Wilson's strongest supporters on the panel decided not to seek re-election last fall, and the selection of the committee's presidency was seen as the first indication of how their successors might vote on the upcoming evaluation.

Vol. 09, Issue 17

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