Tom Courtway, a lawyer who has served in the Legislature, is to take the helm of the Arkansas Education Department. Current department director Ray Simon is wrapping up his tenure so he can take a federal education post in Washington DC, Courtway takes over as interim director as the Legislature is preparing for a December eighth special session on education reform. Courtway was chosen by the Education Board yesterday. The panel met in closed session for 30 minutes and then voted in open session to hire Courtway. Board members said Courtways experience in the Legislature will be an asset as education changes occur.