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Perdue selected to education panel

Gov. Sonny Perdue will help set national education policy, as he was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the National Assessment Governing Board.

The board sets policy for the National Assessment of Education Progress, which is sometimes referred to as "The Nation's Report Card," a press release said.

"Gov. Perdue will be a great addition to the board," Duncan said of the 26-member group. "During his two terms as governor, he has maintained and expanded on ambitious initiatives to improve education for children from the cradle to college. We look forward to his contributions to the board."

Perdue's term on the board will last past his term as governor, ending in 2012.

Local man seeking GOP post

As candidates continue to clamor for support in the 2010 statewide elections, Republicans will meet in Savannah this weekend for the state convention.

Sue Everhart, the chairwoman for the GOP for the past two years, is seeking re-election, and B.J. VanGundy, a Norcross man, is seeking a leadership post.

VanGundy was chairman of the Gwinnett party for two terms and for the 7th Congressional district for three terms. He is seeking the second vice chairman post for the state party.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.