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December 13, 1989 2 min read

A psychologist who played a key role in outlawing school segregation, a governor who was active in education reform, and an educator who brought higher education to an impoverished Indian reservation were last week awarded the second annual Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prizes in Education.

The prizes, which carry a cash award of $25,000, went to Kenneth B. Clark, distinguished professor of psychology emeritus at the City University of New York, former Gov. Richard W. Riley of South Carolina, and Kathleen A. Ross, president of Heritage College in Washington State.

Joseph L. Dionne, chairman of McGraw-Hill Inc., said the winners provided “the initiative, the leadership, and the inspiration” to help ensure that all citizens “reach their fullest learning potential.”

William P. Morris, superintendent of the Monroe County Intermediate School District in Monroe, Mich., has been elected president-elect of the American Association of School Administrators.

Mr. Morris, a member of the association’s executive committee, will assume his one-year term March 15. At that time, Erling Clausen, superintendent of the Berkeley Heights, N.J., schools, will become president of the organization.

Paul Jung, superintendent of Community Consolidated School District 62 in Des Plaines, Ill., was elected to the one-year term of vice president. John Duncan, su6perintendent of the Simi Valley, Calif., schools, and Wayne Blevins, superintendent of the Alief Independent School District in Alief, Tex., were elected to three-year terms on the aasa executive committee.

Calling the increase in incidents involving weapons in the New York City schools “an epidemic,” Sandra Feldman, president of the United Federation of Teachers, last week called for metal detectors to be installed in all city high schools that want them.

Fourteen city high schools and one junior high currently use metal detectors, she said, and none has had a single gun incident since they were installed.

Ms. Feldman spoke at a special hearing of the board of education called to discuss the increase in violence in the city’s schools this year. Nineteen incidents involving guns were reported in the district in the first 36 days of school, she said.

Stanley S. Litow, a frequent critic of the New York City public schools, has been named deputy chancellor of the nation’s largest school district by Joseph A. Fernandez, the district’s incoming superintendent.

Mr. Litow is founder and president of Interface, a watchdog group that in recent years has issued some 50 reports criticizing various aspects of the district’s operations. He has no previous experience as a school administrator, but served as the staff director for the search committees that selected Mr. Fernandez and his predecessor as chancellor, the late Richard R. Green.

A version of this article appeared in the December 13, 1989 edition of Education Week as People News