Published Online: September 24, 1997

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The national "I Have A Dream" Foundation has named Eileen W. Goldblatt its new president and chief executive officer.

Ms. Goldblatt, the executive director of Young Audiences/New York, an arts education organization, will take her new post on Oct. 1. Ms. Goldblatt, who began her career in the late 1960s as a public school teacher, will be leading the organization during a period of planned expansion.

The IHAD program, established in 1981 by businessman Eugene M. Lang, provides comprehensive educational support to children from low-income communities. Students participate in a year-round program of mentoring, tutoring, cultural activities, and community service from elementary through high school. Upon graduation, each student receives a scholarship to attend a college or vocational school. The New York City-based organization has more than 160 projects in 63 cities nationwide, serving 13,000 children.

Carol Sterling, the vice president of the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, has been named its acting president. Ms. Sterling replaces William H. Banchs, who resigned last month.

Carol Sterling

The Miami-based nonprofit organization identifies and rewards exceptional high school seniors in the arts and is the agency that nominates selected arts finalists each year to the White House Commission Presidential Scholars.

Ms. Sterling is a former director of arts education for the American Council for the Arts, based in New York City. She was the founding director of the Arts Partners Program for the New York City schools.

The Georgia teacher who was fired three years ago for refusing to observe the state-mandated "minute of silence" is back in the classroom, this time in Illinois.

Brian G. Bown was dismissed from his job as a government teacher at South Gwinnett High School in the Atlanta suburb of Snellville because he would not obey the law requiring a daily minute of silent reflection in Georgia classrooms.

Mr. Bown later filed an unsuccessful federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state law. He also filed suit to contest his firing, a case he has since dropped.

Mr. Bown's new position is with the special education department at East Aurora High School in Aurora, Ill.

--ADRIENNE D. COLESacoles@epe.org

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