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Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander last week named Mark D. Musick, the president of the Southern Regional Education Board, as chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board, and appointed four new members to the panel.

The new members are Jason Millman, a professor of educational research and methodology at Cornell University; Richard P. Mills, the commissioner of education in Vermont; Michael T. Nettles, a professor of education and public policy at the University of Michigan; and Marilyn Whirry, an English teacher at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Mr. Alexander also reappointed three members whose terms had expired: Mr. Musick, Chester E. Finn Jr., a partner in the Edison Project, and Charlotte Crabtree, a professor of education at the University of California at Los Angeles.

The 24-member board sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a Congressionally mandated project that gauges student achievement nationwide in a range of subjects.

The Labor Department is expected soon to charge Food Lion, a major supermarket chain, with violations of child-labor laws.

The company, which operates about 1,000 stores in 14 states, reportedly will be charged with more than 1,400 violations of federal laws. The vast majority involve hazardous work orders, such as teenagers working near meat slicers or paper balers.

Jan Ellis, a Labor Department spokeswoman, would not confirm the number of violations alleged against Food Lion. She said her agency was concluding an investigation into charges of overtime and child-labor violations by the firm.

Vol. 12, Issue 11

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