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A task force examining ways to make more efficient use of school facilities will meet in Great Falls, Mont., on Nov. 19, kicking off the first round of hearings in the National Governors' Association's new education initiative, "The Governors' Report on U.S. Education, 1991."

The task force is one of seven launched this past summer by Gov. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the nga chairman, in an attempt to "set the American education agenda for the next five years."

Joe Nathan, a former school principal who serves as a consultant to the task forces, said the scope of inquiry for two of the task forces has been expanded, at the request of the task-force chairmen. A readiness task force, chaired by Gov. Richard W. Riley of South Carolina, had initially been designed to look at early- childhood education, but will also look at ways to help children who enter school without the benefit of such programs.

Similarly, a task force on choice, chaired by Gov. Richard D. Lamm of Colorado, will also explore ways to encourage parental involvement in the schools, Mr. Nathan said.

Mr. Nathan said all interested parties are encouraged to submit written testimony of not more than five pages to each of the task forces. Inquiries should be directed to Carol Eliason of the nga, 444 North Capitol St., N.W., Suite 250, Washington, D.C., 20001. Or call (202) 624-7794.

The task forces, their hearing dates, and their members are:

School Facilities Task Force, Nov. 19, Heritage Inn, Great Falls, Mont. Gov. Ted Schwinden, Montana, chairman; Gov. Norman H. Bangerter, Utah, vice chairman; Gov. George C. Wallace, Alabama; Gov. Ricardo J. Bordallo, Guam; Gov. James J. Blanchard, Michigan; Gov. George Sinner, North Dakota; Gov. Ed Herschler, Wyoming.

Readiness Task Force, Nov. 27, Lace House, Columbia, S.C. Gov. Richard W. Riley, South Carolina, chairman; Gov. Richard Thornburgh, Pennsylvania, vice chairman; Gov. Robert D. Orr, Indiana; Gov. Martha Layne Collins, Kentucky; Gov. Richard F. Celeste, Ohio; Gov. Madeleine Kunin, Vermont; Gov. Juan F. Luis, Virgin Islands; Gov. Booth Gardner, Washington.

School Leadership and Management Task Force, Dec. 11, Excelsior Hotel, Little Rock, Ark. Gov. Bill Clinton, Arkansas, chairman; Gov. Edward D. DiPrete, Rhode Island, vice chairman; Gov. William A. O'Neill, Connecticut; Gov. Joe Frank Harris, Georgia; Gov. James R. Thompson, Illinois; Gov. Richard H. Bryan, Nevada; Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio, Northern Mariana Islands; Gov. William J. Janklow, South Dakota.

Teaching Task Force, Dec. 12, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. Gov. Thomas H. Kean, New Jersey, chairman; Gov. Bruce Babbit, Arizona, vice chairman; Gov. John V. Evans, Idaho; Gov. Terry Branstad, Iowa; Gov. Joseph E. Brennan, Maine; Gov. William A. Allain, Mississippi; Gov. James G. Martin, North Carolina; Gov. Charles S. Robb, Virginia.

Parental Involvement and Choice Task Force, Dec. 16, Supreme Court Chambers, Denver, Colo. Gov. Richard D. Lamm, Colorado, chairman; Gov. Michael N. Castle, Delaware, vice chairman; Gov. A.P. Lutali, American Samoa; Gov. Edwin D. Edwards, Louisiana; Gov. Rudy Perpich, Minnesota; Gov. Robert Kerrey, Nebraska; Gov. Toney Anaya, New Mexico; Gov. Anthony S. Earl, Wisconsin.

Advanced Technology Task Force, Dec. 16, Washington, D.C. Gov. John H. Sununu, New Hampshire, chairman; Gov. Mark White, Texas, vice chairman; Gov. Bill Sheffield, Alaska; Gov. George R. Ariyoshi, Hawaii; Gov. Michael S. Dukakis, Massachusetts; Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, New York; Gov. Victor G. Atiya, Oregon; Gov. Rafael Hernandez-Colon, Puerto Rico.

College Quality Task Force, Dec. 17, Hilton Park Terrace, St. Louis, Mo. Gov. John Ashcroft, Missouri, chairman; Gov. Robert Graham, Florida, vice chairman; Gov. George Deukmejian, California; Gov. John Carlin, Kansas; Gov. Harry Hughes, Maryland; Gov. George Nigh, Oklahoma; Gov. Arch A. Moore, West Virginia.

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