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Robert Schwartz, education adviser to Gov. Michael S. Dukakis of Massachusetts, is leaving his post at the end of this month to direct education programs for the Pew Charitable Trust, one of the country's largest foundations.

As director of the trust's education division, Mr. Schwartz said he plans to broaden its focus and its financial support to include public elementary and secondary schools. Most of the trust's current projects involve support for private higher education.

Mr. Schwartz has served as Mr. Dukakis's education adviser since 1986. He is one of a growing number of top officials to leave the Dukakis Administration as the Governor heads into his final year.

Ralph Nader and other members of Princeton University's class of 1955 have formed a campaign to recruit fellow alumni from that generation to support a new Center for Civic Leadership in Princeton, New Jersey.

As planned, the center will direct projects addressing a number of social issues, including education, housing, transportation, and health care.

Over the next five years, the group hopes to raise an endowment of $5 million to $10 million to support the continuing work of the center.

Guiding the project, in addition to Mr. Nader, is Charles W. Bray 3rd, president of the Johnson Foundation.

In an effort to expand the number of Russian-language programs in high schools, the Ford Foundation and the American Council of Teachers of Russian are holding a competition to select 20 "Ford Model Schools.''

The schools selected through the competition will receive program support for the 1990-91 school year from the Ford Foundation. The funding will be available for new or expanding programs in curriculum development and teacher training.

The deadline for the competition is Feb. 1. Schools interested in applying should contact Bettie Rinehart at (202) 328-2287.

The Rockefeller Foundation has released the first in a series of publications on women and children in poverty that focuses on improving the literacy of low-income single mothers.

"Literacy and the Marketplace" offers insights on the skills needed in the workforce, strategies for assessing literacy and measuring progress, and ways in which adult literacy programs can meet the needs of single mothers most effectively.

To obtain a copy of the report, contact Mary Jane Guffey, The Rockefeller Foundation, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10036; (212) 869-8500.--rrw

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