National News Roundup
A.F.T. Will Back Mondale in 1984
Walter F. Mondale completed his sweep of the endorsements of the major teachers' unions late last week, when the American Federation of Teachers formally announced its decision to back him for the Presidential nomination in 1984.
Albert Shanker, the federation's president, said the 34-member executive council chose Mr. Mondale because he places a high priority on education issues.
The "cornerstone" of Mr. Mondale's national policy is "a well-funded education program tied to tough standards, better pay for teachers, and the assurance that every American child will be guaranteed an equal educational opportunity," said Mr. Shanker.
Ford Foundation To Fund Programs On Migrants, Refugees
The Ford Foundation has allocated $7.6 million to research and education programs that address the problems of refugees and migrants in the United States.
So far, $3.2 million in individual grants has been awarded, including a $102,000 grant to the Community Consolidated School District 15 in Chicago. The Chicago funds will be used primarily to increase the English-language skills and vocational training of the district's migrant and refugee children, according to Oona Sullivan, a foundation spokesman.
Ms. Sullivan said the $7.6-million allocation will be awarded over a two-year period and represents an increase over previous foundation grants to migrant and refugee programs.
Ms. Sullivan said the foundation is interested in programs that will "help the refugees to settle" in this country.