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To Promote Reforms
The Education Commission of the States received a $224,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York last week to help state and local officials implement the recommendations of study groups that have recently proposed education reforms.
Gov. Pierre S. du Pont 4th of Delaware, the chairman of the interstate compact, announced the grant during the annual winter meeting of the National Governors' Association in Washington.
"The Carnegie Corporation grant will be of tremendous help to ecs and the Task Force on Education for Economic Growth as we try to translate the recent flurry of national education recommendations into ac-tion at the state and local levels," Governor du Pont said. Last year, the task force released a report, "Action for Excellence," which called for a number of changes in public education.
The grant, the Governor continued, will allow the organization to provide technical assistance to state and local task forces on education reform. It will also provide a pool of education consultants to help governors, state legislators, and other leaders "deal with the current wave of education-reform reports," he added.
In a related development, the National Association of State Boards of Education recently received a $90,000 grant from the U.S. Education Department to conduct similar activities, according to the organization.
Lana Muraskin, who will oversee the 12-month project funded by the federal grant, said the money will allow nasbe to "provide technical assistance to state and local policymakers to help them assess and implement their own responses to demands for educational reform."