Education: A New Commissioner

The U.S. Commissioner of Education used to be regarded as the Federal Government's chief spokesman for learning. About eight months ago, however, Sidney P. Marland Jr. stepped up to become an Assistant Secretary of HEW, and President Nixon did not nominate a new successor until last week. His choice: John R. Ottina, 41, a seasoned administrator who has had little firsthand experience in education. After earning his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Southern California in 1964, he did teach math for two years in a public high school in his native Los Angeles. But then he became a...

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