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Next fall, some aspiring school superintendents in Indiana will be able to earn doctoral degrees closer to home.

In order to offer the three-year doctoral program at its Calumet campus, Purdue University will use distance-education technology to hook up professors and students of educational administration there with their counterparts at the public university's main campus in West Lafayette.

It will be the state's first full doctoral program offered through computer conferences, interactive videoconferences, and electronic mail and other exchanges, university officials said in a recent news release.

Each year's class of doctoral students at the two campuses will move through the program as a group, and they are expected to focus on the study and use of technology in education.

The program is being financed with part of a $1.2 million, five-year grant from Ameritech, the parent company of Indiana Bell.

The Minneapolis school board is setting up a task force to look at ways to persuade principals, teachers, and other school employees to live in the city.

Minnesota law specifically allows school districts to require residency for their employees.

Just over 50 percent of the new employees hired by the Minneapolis school system over the past two years live in the city, according to the school district.

Officials in the 44,000-student district would like to see more of their workers settle there--a move that could give employees an increased interest in their schools and help boost the city's economy.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has named the four educators in the running for 1995 National Principal of the Year.

The finalists are: Scott Greenwell, North Layton (Utah) Junior High School; Diane B. Scricca, Elmont (N.Y.) Memorial High School; George V. Tignor, Parsons (Kan.) High School; and Rosa Williams, Earhart Middle School, Detroit.

The awards program, sponsored by the Reston, Va.,-based administrators' association and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, is in its third year. Previous winners hailed from schools in Detroit and Charlotte, N.C.

The four finalists were selected by leaders in education, business, and youth services.

The top award is to be announced Jan. 17 in Washington. The winner will receive a $10,000 grant for his or her school; the other finalists will each get $2,500.

--Joanna Richardson

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