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A retired Howard University professor and education leader was tapped Wednesday to be chairman of the school board in Prince George’s County, as the school system outside Washington looks to turn a corner after recent controversies.

Alvin Thornton, 70, who led the state education funding commission that is commonly known by his name, will chair the 14-member county board that oversees Maryland’s second-largest school system.

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks (D) announced the appointment Wednesday, praising Thornton’s expertise, background and passion for children.

Prince George’s has great needs, she said, noting its large number of English language learners, students with disabilities and children who are economically disadvantaged.

“We are really confident that with Dr. Thornton we will be able to ensure what really is our chief priority, and that is making sure our schools are fully funded,” Alsobrooks said.

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