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O.C.R. Official Tapped To Head Initiative on Hispanic Education

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Washington--Secretary of Ed ucation Lauro F. Cavazos last week named Gilbert D. Roman, an official in the department's office for civil rights, to head the Bush Administration's Hispanic-education initiative.

The heart of the initiative, launched last month by an execu tive order, is an Advisory Com mission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. The panel, which is to consist of education, business, and civic leaders will advise Mr. Cavazos on the status of Hispanic education.

Mr. Roman said he would work with representatives from other agencies to draft "a plan of action."

Mr. Cavazos said Mr. Roman would also work on related initia tives endorsed by the President, such as working with states to cre ate a special diploma for migrant students, promoting alternative certification of bilingual teachers, and increasing federal programs' emphasis on parental involvement and early aid for children with limited English proficiency.

Mr. Cavazos acknowledged, that such efforts would involve changes in regulations and stat utes in some cases. For example, he said he would propose amend ing the Bilingual Education Act to allow funding of preschool Eng lish instruction.

Mr. Roman has been the o.c.r.'s deputy assistant secretary for op erations since January, a post he held in an acting capacity for 16 months in 1986 and 1987. He pre viously served for about nine years as director of the civil-rights branch's Denver office, following two years in the same post under the old Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.--j.m.

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