People News

May 03, 1989 1 min read

Bertrand Schwartz, a French educator who helped establish a national network for training unemployed youths, was named last week by the University of Louisville as the first recipient of the Grawemeyer Award in Education.

The $150,000 award for the international competition is the largest given in education, according to sponsors.

Judges for the award, which is funded by an endowment established by Charles Grawemeyer, a Louisville industrialist, credited Mr. Schwartz with influencing adult education in a world “where lifelong education has become a necessity.”

Columbia University’s Teachers College has established a scholarship fund to honor Frank W. Cyr, the “father of the yellow school bus.” The scholarships will benefit students interested in rural education.

Mr. Cyr, professor emeritus of rural education at Teachers College, led a 1939 conference that set standards for school transportation, including the yellow color that has become a symbol of American education.

In one of his last acts in office, Mayor Eugene Sawyer of Chicago presented a report from his national task force on the next generation to Congressional leaders in Washington.

Recommendations in the report, issued last month, include a call for coordinating federal policy on children’s issues by establishing a Cabinet-level agency and new committees in the Congress with authority over existing programs for children and youths.

A version of this article appeared in the May 03, 1989 edition of Education Week as People News