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The DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund has announced that it will award nearly $1.9 million to three programs through its School-Family Partnership initiative.

The National Parent Network on Disabilities will receive a $600,000 grant to train the staff of 27 state-level parent organizations in the principles of inclusive education.

The National Urban League will use its $605,000 grant to create "parent councils'' at five regional chapters and strengthen 11 other existing councils.

The Right Question Project in Boston will receive a $650,000 grant to train 140 people at Suffolk University to conduct workshops for low-income families on how to improve their children's learning.

Robert E. Brennan, a New Jersey businessman, has launched a new foundation dedicated to curbing gun-related violence.

"Our mission is to somehow cease the senseless slaughter of people, many of them children, caused by guns,'' he said.

Mr. Brennan pledged the lifetime racetrack winnings of his 2-year-old thoroughbred, Dehere, to launch the foundation. Despite a poor performance as the overwhelming favorite in this month's Breeder's Cup, the horse remains a solid contender for next May's Kentucky Derby.

The foundation was named in honor of the horse, which, in turn, is the namesake of Terry Dehere, a Seton Hall University basketball player who is starting his first season with the Los Angeles Clippers this fall. Mr. Brennan is the chairman of Seton Hall's board of regents.

Among the new foundation's board members are Mr. Dehere and Robert P. Hurley, a prominent New Jersey high school basketball coach and the father of Bobby and Danny Hurley, a Sacramento Kings rookie and a junior on Seton Hall's basketball team, respectively.

The U.S. West Foundation and the Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting Math and Science Project have awarded a total of $2.5 million to five projects designed to assist rural mathematics and science teachers.

The five grant recipients are: Big Sky Telegraph of Western Montana College, the Boulder Valley, Colo., school district, Eastern Washington University, Technological and Information Educational Services of Minnesota, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Each site will train elementary and secondary teachers in how to use the Internet and other major computer networks.--MEG SOMMERFELD

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