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Kathy Kolbe, a Scottsdale, Ariz., parent who turned her interest in helping gifted children into a multimillion-dollar business, and Candy Lightner, the mother of a child killed by a drunken driver who turned her rage into a national campaign to curb such tragedies, have been cited by Time Magazine as "pioneers who typify a spirit in the best American tradition: inventive, bold, resolute, eager to overcome the challenges that confront them."

The 33-year-old Ms. Lightner is the founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (madd). Her organization now has 320 chapters and 600,000 volunteers and donors, the magazine reports.

Ms. Kolbe, a self-described dyslectic who became distressed at the quality of her children's schooling, started a summer program for gifted youngsters that mushroomed into a publishing firm--Resources for the Gifted--that now grosses about $3.5 million annually, says Time. "I'm a believer in the concept that if it's good, the way you'll know it is that people will pay," she says. "The bottom line is crucial."

Lloyd Soughers, superintendent of the Brevard County Public Schools, has declined to allow the American Federation of Teachers to film segments of its monthly television program, "Inside Your Schools," in Brevard schools. Following a November request by representatives of the Brevard Federation of Teachers, Mr. Soughers told school-board members that in his view union access of that kind should be negotiated at the bargaining table, as the union's right to use school mailboxes now is.

"The union wants to develop a public image that shows it committed to 'educational excellence' when, in fact, I have seen very few union demands that deal with 'educational excellence,' but rather with improving the working conditions of teachers at whatever price," the superintendent said.

A spokesman for the aft said she knew of no other instance in which the union had been denied permission to film its program in a school.

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Vol. 04, Issue 17

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