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Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch who served as assistant secretary for educational research and improvement in the U.S. Department of Education under former President George Bush, was appointed last month to be a member of the National Commission on Federal Election Reform. She was selected by the commission’s task force and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald R. Ford, who oversee the project. Ms. Ravitch, 62, teaches at New York University and is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington. The privately financed commission will issue a report on election reform to Congress and President Bush.

Rafael Valdivieso

The National Educational Research Policy and Priorities Board in Washington has hired Rafael Valdivieso to serve as its executive director. Mr. Valdivieso, 58, who assumed his new post late last year, will be responsible for leading the board as it seeks to establish new standards of conduct and evaluation in education research. He served as the vice president and the director of the schools and community-services program at the Washington-based Academy for Educational Development before joining the NERPPB. Created by Congress in 1995, the research board is meant to act as the voice of education researchers, teachers, and other groups who produce or use educational research.

Carole Mills, the former divisional managing director of Tribune Education in Grand Rapids, Mich., was named the new managing director of international operations at McGraw-Hill Children’s Publishing. Ms. Mills, 38, will oversee the company’s global expansion. MHCP, a division of the McGraw-Hill Cos. with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, produces children’s publications, including reference books, workbooks, and fiction.

—Marianne Hurst

A version of this article appeared in the March 21, 2001 edition of Education Week

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