- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama’s longest-serving state school superintendent has died.

Retired state superintendent Wayne Teague served as head of the Alabama Department of Education for 20 years before leaving the job in 1995.

Teague died Sunday at his home in Auburn. He was 87.

Teague worked as a teacher, coach, administrator and local superintendent in Alabama and Georgia before taking over the state’s top job in 1975. The Cullman native led the state system through a period that included school desegregation and increased emphasis on student testing.

The family hasn’t released a cause of death.

Teague is survived by his wife and two children. A memorial service is planned for Tuesday afternoon at Auburn United Methodist Church.

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