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By Peter West

The Amenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have decided to make parents, education policymakers, and teachers the target of their technology-based mathematics and science education reform project.

The Annenberg/c.p.B. Math and Science Project announced late last month that it will award competitive grants totaling $10 million next year to "the three critical groups of adults who must actually implement reform."

The project began earlier this year when the foundation announced that it would award $60 million to the C.P.B. to foster innovative uses of all technologies in math and science reform. (See Education Week, July 31, 1991 .)

Annenberg officials initially said that they would furnish as much as $5 million annually for 12 years to support the program.

A spokesman for the project said that because most of the programs will last several years, the distribution scheme essentially will remain unchanged even though the initial grants may exceed the annual $5 million average.

The project plans to make grants in five categories.

One award, worth up to $3 million, will be made to a parent- centered organization to help explain the "why and what" of education-reform to the public. Proposals for this grant must be submitted by March 16, 1992.

The second and third awards, of $2.5 million each, will be made to policymakers and teachers. Proposals for these grants must be received by May 15, 1992. A fourth award of as much as $1.5 million will be made to help "build a substantial cadre of minority teachers" who will be recognized as a leaders in reform and "experts in the role technologies can play" in improving the curriculum. Applications must be received by March 16, 1992.

The final grant is designed to "support creative ideas that do not fit within the targeted categories," but that advance math and science reform. No specific amount has set aside for the grant, and proposals will be considered as they are submitted.

Guidelines for the awards can be obtained by contacting the Annenberg/c.e.B. Math and Science Project, Attn: Guidelines, 901 E Street N.W., Washington D.C. 20004-2006; telephone (202) 879-9658.

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