Grasmick wins education award for school reform


State schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick will be named one of three winners today of the 2000 Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education.

The award - considered one of the most prestigious honors for education leadership - recognizes Grasmick for her work directing Maryland's school reform since 1991. It includes a $25,000 prize.

"We looked very hard, state by state, for those who we see are really able to make a difference," said Harold McGraw III, chairman, president and chief executive officer of McGraw-Hill Companies. "Dr. Grasmick has a phenomenal record as a serious educator, somebody [who] has achieved results and done so on a consistent basis."

McGraw singled out Grasmick's push for a statewide testing and accountability program, as well as her efforts to hold all schools to high standards "without alienating half the place."

"I don't feel like I won this award, but I feel like our whole team in Maryland won, including the teachers, principals, administrators, parents, children and business community," said Grasmick.

She said she will donate the prize money to programs for children.

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