National News Roundup
President Reagan has appointed 18 people to the Intergovernmental Advisory Council on Education, a committee charged with monitoring the effects of federal education programs on states and school systems.
In naming the new members of the panel last week, the President continued his Administration's practice of removing from office, before their terms have expired, advisory-committee members who were appointed during the Carter Administration. (See Education Week, April 28.)
The intergovernmental council, which may have up to 20 members under its Congressional charter, included, until the President's action, 14 members whose terms had not expired. An Education Department source said the Administration had requested the resignations of all 14 committee members.
The new members are:
Chairman, Joseph C. Harder, Kansas state senator; Roberta T. Anderson, dean of the school of education at the University of South Dakota; William S. Banowsky, president of the University of Oklahoma; Alan L. Cropsey, Michigan state representative; Esther R. Greene, public-affairs director of the California Chamber of Commerce; Emlyn I. Griffith, lawyer in Rome, N.Y.; Manuel J. Justiz, assistant professor of education at the University of New Mexico; Vance R. Kelly, New Hampshire state senator; Joseph L. Knutson, president emeritus of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.
Also, Jacqueline E. McGregor, Republican campaign worker in Iron Mountain, Mich.; Norman A. Murdock, county commissioner of Hamilton County, Ohio; Ralph J. Perk, former mayor of Cleveland; Daltan Sheppard Jr., South Carolina state representative; Betty R. Sepulveda, retired school administrator in Denver; George N. Smith, superintendent of schools in Mesa, Ariz.; James B. Tatum, president of Tatum Motor Company in Anderson, Miss.; Harriet M. Wieder, member of the board of supervisors in Orange County, Calif.; and Gonzalo A. Velez, national chairman of the Congress of Filipino-American Citizens in West Orange, N.J.
The Educational Testing Service, in a corporate reorganization intended to better integrate programs, development, and research, will eliminate the positions of four senior vice presidents and cut by 38 percent the number of corporate officers, according to Gregory R. Anrig, president of the organization.
Mr. Anrig said that a "leaner and more tightly managed" structure will help improve internal communication and services to clients. The changes were unanimously approved by the ets board of trustees.
Among the positions to be eliminated is that of vice president for elementary- and secondary-education programs. All ets elementary- and secondary-education programs will be placed under the direction of Robert A. Altman, acting vice president for higher-education services.
"These programs are a small part of ets, and we wanted to place them where they wouldn't get lost," said Mr. Anrig, a former Massachusetts commissioner of education.
"Merging the elementary- and secondary-education programs with higher-education programs is a structural change and not a shift in policy," according to Clyde E. Leib, senior information associate.
"There is a commonality in test development and scoring procedures for all education levels that we intend to take advantage of," Mr. Leib added.
Of the four senior vice presidents whose positions were eliminated, three will be appointed to newly created "senior scholar" posts and offered sabbaticals. The other senior vice president, David J. Brodsky, will be promoted to executive vice-president for operations.