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      Lillian Lowery named Maryland schools superintendent

      BALTIMORE (AP) - Lillian Lowery has been chosen as Maryland's next state superintendent of schools.

      The Maryland State Board of Education made the announcement on Friday. Lowery will step into the job July 1.

      Lowery has been Delaware's secretary of education since 2009.

      She is known for facilitating a broad-based statewide strategic planning and grant application process that resulted in Delaware's selection as the first state to be awarded the federal Race to the Top grant.

      She will replace interim State Superintendent Bernard Sadusky, who has served in the post since July.

      He replaced Nancy Grasmick, who retired last year after 20 years as superintendent.