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New Ny State Education Commissioner Selected

ALBANY, N.Y. - (AP) -- New York's Board of Regents has chosen a new state education commissioner and his first request was a cut in salary.

The regents elected John B. King Jr. to replace David Steiner, who announced he'll leave at the end of the school year.

King has most recently been New York's senior deputy commissioner for kindergarten through 12th grade instruction.

The commissioner's salary is $250,000 a year. But King is asking for a cut to $212,500.

Before joining the state, King worked for a major operator of charter schools.

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