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2/16/96

CONTACT: Stanford University News Service (415) 723-2558 Ramon Cortines, former head of N.Y. schools, to speak Feb. 28

STANFORD -- Ramon Cortines, visiting scholar at the Stanford School of Education and former chancellor of the New York City public school system, will deliver the 1996 Cubberley Lecture on "Public Education: Meeting the Challenge, "at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 28, in Cubberley Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Cortines, a long-time advocate of education reform at the school level, spent much of his career in California as superintendent of schools in Pasadena, San Jose and San Francisco. He then served as assistant secretary of education for the U.S. Department of Education under the Clinton administration. He became New York City school chancellor in September 1993, a post he left in October 1995.

In addition to currently serving as a visiting scholar at the School of Education, Cortines recently was appointed special adviser to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. He also serves on the board of directors of Scholastic Inc. For more information about the lecture, call (415) 723-2119.

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