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The Conference Board has announced the recipients of its "Best in Class" awards, which recognize innovative corporate programs to improve education. The honorees, who received their awards at the board's annual Business/- Education Conference held recently in New York City, are listed below:

A.T.& T. Company. For its Teachers and Technology Institute, which exposes middle and high school teachers of mathematics and science to technologies with a potential for education applications.

Education for the Future Initiative. For its sustained commitment to improvement of the education system through a partnership of corporations, universities, teachers, and administrators that support precollegiate students.

Hewlett-Packard Company. For its Science Education Initiative, a collaborative effort focusing on science curriculum reform.

Medtronic Inc. For its "Science and Technology Are Rewarding" program, which seeks to improve the quality of precollegiate science education and increase the learning of science among all students.

Mobil Corporation. For its program "Critical Thinking About Critical Issues," which uses classroom materials to help students develop analytical skills through discussion of social issues.


McGraw-Hill School Systems, a division of the McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, has honored three superintendents with its 21st Century Schools Technology Planning Awards, established to foster higher-quality education through the application of technology in schools. The winners are listed below:

Robert W. Baum, superintendent, Diablo View Middle School, Clayton, Calif. Robert O. Harrison, superintendent, Essex Junction (Vt.) School District. Rebecca H. Schwab, superintendent, Williamson County Schools, Franklin, Tenn.


The Student Press Law Center has named the first recipients of its "Champion of the Student Press" Awards. The award was created to recognize individuals and organizations that have aggressively protected First Amendment freedoms for students. The winners are:

Janet Richards McAliley, school board member, Dade County, Fla. John Seigenthaler, chairman, Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, Nashville, Tenn.


Mary H. Arredondo, school psychologist, Tempe (Ariz.) Elementary School District, has been named the School Psychologist of the Year by the National Association of School Psychologists, in recognition of her leadership in fostering collaborations across district, department, school, home, and community settings.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg County, N.C., has been named the recipient of the Scholastic/National Alliance of Business Community Award for Excellence in Education, presented annually to a community that through the collaborative efforts of business, government, philanthropic, and education leaders gives every child the opportunity to succeed.

Richard W. Riley, U.S. Secretary of Education, has received the 1995 Distinguished Service Award, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Maureen Spanos, teacher, Boyle Road Elementary School, Port Jefferson, N.Y., has been named the 1995 recipient of the Better Beginnings Award, sponsored by the New York State Board of Regents to recognize elementary teachers gifted in nurturing the strengths of each student.

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