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Film star Arnold Schwarzenegger recently became the honorary chairman of the Afterschool Alliance.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Mr. Schwarzenegger, 55, served as the 2001 and 2002 national chairman of the organization's nationwide campaign, Lights On Afterschool!, which advocated the importance of after-school activities for children.

The Flint, Mich.- based Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization that promotes after- school programs and conducts research to determine their effectiveness.

Deborah A. Kasak has been named the executive director of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.

Deborah A. Kasak

Ms. Kasak, 52, is currently serving a one-year term as the president of the National Middle School Association. She is a former executive director of the Association of Illinois Middle Level Schools.

The Newton, Mass.-based national forum is a 55-member alliance of educators, researchers, national associations, and officers of professional organizations. It develops initiatives for improving middle school education.

Ms. Kasak will work from her home office in Champaign, Ill.

The High/Scope Educational Research Foundation recently hired Andrea De Bruin-Parecki and Lea M. McGee to be co-directors of the organization's Early Childhood Reading Institute.

Ms. De Bruin-Parecki, 51, previously served as an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Northern Iowa and will work full time for the foundation.

Ms. McGee, 53, will continue to work as a professor of literacy education at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa while serving as a co-director of the institute.

The High/Scope Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Ypsilanti, Mich., was established in 1970 to promote the learning and development of children from infancy through adolescence.

—Marianne D. Hurst

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Vol. 22, Issue 4, Page 5

Published in Print: September 25, 2002, as People in the News

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