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Commissioner of Education Saul Cooperman of New Jersey, who is leaving his job at the end of this month, has announced that he will become the president of educational programs for the Amelior Foundation of Morristown, N.J., a private nonprofit organization that provides educational and entrepreneurial opportunities to inner-city youth.

Mr. Cooperman will be responsible for a program called Rigorous Educational Assistance for Deserving Youth, or ready, which seeks to break the cycle of poverty for disadvantaged youths. He will also begin planning a new policy-oriented organization for the foundation.

He will begin his new job in mid-July.

Gov. L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia has named Joseph A. Spagnolo Jr. as the new state superintendent of public instruction.

Mr. Spagnolo will succeed S. John Davis, who was to have retired in January but who agreed to remain until a successor was hired.

Mr. Spagnolo, 47, has been superintendent of the 10,000-student Lynchburg, Va., school system since 1973. In Lynchburg he was seen as an innovator in developing programs for at-risk 4-year-olds and a magnet school for mathematics and science.

He will assume the $100,000 post in July.

Bill Pinkney, a Chicago businessman who has long planned a round-the-world sailing trip to teach schoolchildren geography, mathematics, map reading, and other subjects, has raised the necessary capital and is scheduled to begin his 11-month journey next month.

Mr. Pinkney's voyage has received the blessings of the Chicago board of education and other educators, but he has lacked the backing needed for the 27,000-mile endeavor. (See Education Week, Oct. 4, 1989.)

Late last month a group of Boston businessmen agreed to buy a 47-foot, single-masted cutter and to lease it to Mr. Pinkney. He has also received assistance from Motorola Inc. and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

During the trip, Mr. Pinkney plans to transmit radio reports to classes in Chicago and other cities. He hopes to become the first black man to circumnavigate the world by rounding the capes of Africa and South America.

Vol. 09, Issue 38

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