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Howard Fuller, who resigned last summer as the superintendent of the Milwaukee schools, has received a $100,000 grant from the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation for his new school-reform center.

Mr. Fuller established the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University in Milwaukee to help improve educational opportunities for disadvantaged children. The institute will promote school restructuring, student achievement, and research on urban schools. ... Michael A. Bailin has been named the president of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. The New York City-based foundation awards millions of dollars in grants each year to organizations and institutions that work to improve conditions in areas such as child services, health, and student achievement. Mr. Bailin was the president and chief executive officer of Public/Private Ventures, a nonprofit organization that collaborates with both private- and public-sector groups to improve opportunities for young people in disadvantaged communities in the Philadelphia area.

Michael Tillmann has been named the director of the Minnesota graduation-standards project. He will replace Iris McGinnis, who resigned last month. (See Education Week, Dec. 13, 1995.) The project, scheduled to begin with the class of 2000, would require students to demonstrate proficiency in several subjects in order to receive diplomas. Mr. Tillmann, a teacher at Owatonna High School in Owatonna, Minn., who has worked with the project for two years, will begin his new job Jan. 22. ... The financially troubled Virginia Beach, Va., district has chosen a new superintendent. Last week the 76,000-student district hired Timothy R. Jenney, the superintendent in Greenville County, S.C. Mr. Jenney agreed to a three-year contract with a starting salary of $120,000. He is scheduled to take his new post on Feb. 20. A special grand jury appointed by a panel of state judges is investigating a $12.1 million deficit in the Virginia Beach district's 1994-95 budget of $360 million.

The Tupelo, Miss., district has made Mike Vinson's position as acting superintendent a permanent one. The school board voted last month to allow Mr. Vinson to take over the 7,253-student district this month. Mr. Vinson came to the district as deputy superintendent in 1994 after a 14-year stint as the superintendent in Rankin County, Miss.

--Adrienne D. Coles

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