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Stefan Prior, Dannel Malloy (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

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By STEPHANIE REITZ, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A co-founder of an acclaimed New Haven charter school and deputy mayor of New Jersey’s largest city has been introduced as Connecticut’s new education commissioner.

The state Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend 39-year-old Stefan Pryor to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for the job. Pryor was also Malloy’s top choice. He’ll serve on an interim basis until the General Assembly confirms the nomination.

pryor stefan ap photo jessica hill Education Commissioner Named

Stefan Pryor (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

Pryor is deputy mayor of Newark, N.J., and former president of New York City’s Lower Manhattan Development Corp. He is a Yale graduate and co-founder of the Amistad Academy.

He starts the $185,000-a-year job in October.

Pryor said Wednesday he will move with “real and sustained urgency” to address Connecticut’s achievement gap, and that reaching results under difficult circumstances is among his strengths.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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