Attorney picked to lead Little Rock School District

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State education officials say attorney Baker Kurrus will be the new superintendent of the Little Rock School District.

Kurrus replaces former superintendent Dexter Suggs, who resigned last month amid allegations he plagiarized sections of his 2009 doctoral dissertation.

The Arkansas Board of Education made the announcement at a Tuesday afternoon news conference. Sixty-year-old Kurrus previously served on the Little Rock School Board from 1998 to 2010. He also had been working as a volunteer chairman of the district's financial advisory group.

Education Commissioner Johnny Key recommended Kurrus for the position and said he could think of no one better to lead the state-controlled district. Kurrus said he was humbled to be selected for the job.

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