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But according to an article in the Oct. 17 Boston Sunday Globe, Mr. Carter was not as staunch a supporter of public schools as many thought he was. In fact, the article by Curtis Wilkie of the newspaper's Washington bureau alleged, the Carters planned to enroll Amy in one of the area's private academies if the President had won re-election.

The article was supposedly based on a dinner conversation Mr. Wilkie had with the Carters shortly before the President left office.

Mr. Wilkie said he wrote the article to counterbalance statements that Mr. Carter makes in his forthcoming book, Keeping Faith, which details his experiences as President. A spokesman for the Carters said that Mr. Wilkie's article "added a lot more to the [conversation] than what there was."

Staff Cuts Are Suspect

A task force of Education Department officials, charged with helping the department improve "administrative efficiency" through staff reductions and transfers, has recommended that full-time staff levels in the office of elementary and secondary education be reduced by 28 percent next year because of "decreasing workloads" in the areas of compensatory education, migrant education, impact aid, and women's equity.

The task force also proposed reducing staff by 21 percent in the department's vocational-education office, 16 percent in its bilingual-education office, and 4 percent in its civil-rights office.

Altogether, the panel said 597 of the department's current 6,055 positions should be eliminated.

A document outlining the plan is being circulated in Washington by the National Education Association, whose lobbyists contend that not efficiency, but "back-door," gradual elimination of the department through staff reductions, is the goal.

Laboratory Loses Lots

Officials of a federally funded educational laboratory in St. Louis that has repeatedly been the subject of federal audits for improper expenditures of funds have been told by the National Institute of Education not to expect any future grants.

The laboratory, known as cemrel, Inc., will lose out on a $7.2-million pending contract because auditors have found "serious and significant deficiencies" in its accounting procedures.

Federal funds supposedly earmarked for the development of a mathematics curriculum were instead spent on private publications, maintenance, fringe benefits, and other improper expenses, the auditors contended.

Lawrence Fish, president of the laboratory, said cemrel would appeal the cut-off to the institute and the General Accounting Office.

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