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Software Sales Soar As Home Market Kicks In

The boom in the market for home education software continued during the first nine months of 1995, with a jump in sales of more than 30 percent, an industry trade group said last week.

Sales of education software to consumers totaled more than $343 million during that period, the Washington-based Software Publishers Association reported.

Software companies have focused on the home market for education software because sales to parents are easier than sales to schools and because homes generally have more sophisticated computers. (See Education Week, April 26, 1995.)

Chicago Shakeup

The mayorally appointed leadership of the Chicago school system has carried out a threatened shakeup of a district commission that monitors desegregation.

The move late last month came hours after the commission's three remaining members agreed to resign and drop a lawsuit against the district in exchange for a promise the commission would be fully funded next year. The five-member school board then trimmed eight seats from the 15-member commission and named new people to fill the remaining seats.

A recent district audit had accused the commission's outgoing leadership of racking up more than $200,000 in questionable expenses. (See Education Week, Nov. 29, 1995.)

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