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ASHLAND OIL, INC. PUBLICATION IS POPULAR EDUCATION TOOL FOR PARENTS

 ASHLAND, Ky., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Information included in Parent Power, a free newsletter published by Ashland Oil, Inc., (NYSE: ASH) helps parents who want their children to recognize their educational needs and make the most of their opportunities, according to an informal survey.
 "We began offering Parent Power last October to help parents understand how they can make a difference in a child's education," said Dan Lacy, vice president of corporate communications for Ashland Oil. "In a recent issue, we invited subscribers to share their concerns about educating their children and to comment on the newsletter content. Nearly 500 parents responded, and their comments will be reflected in the editorial content of future issues.
 Parents' number one concern "about my child's school" covered a variety of academic issues, with special emphasis on quality education. The need for students to be challenged to their fullest academically w seen as vital in order for them to learn problem solving, thinking and writing skills. Parents also want the curriculum to be creative and flexible, and they want teachers to teach basic skills. Peer pressure, drug abuse and ineffective discipline in schools were important safety issues.
 When asked what they would do with one free hour a week, most parents said they would use the time to be more involved in educational activities. Volunteering in the classroom, attending the library and reading with their child, helping with homework and giving their child more undivided attention were among examples cited. Most parents said they talk with their child's teacher "once a month" or "at parent-teacher conferences."
 Parent Power features practical educational activities at home, as well as how to communicate more effectively with teachers and school administrators. In discussing future issues, parents requested articles on such areas as writing, how to get students to read for fun and how to make homework more fun. They asked for information on how to correct gender bias, how to promote racial harmony, how to keep students safe and how to make students understand they must take responsibility for their own education. Other areas of interest focused on learning at home, helping students balance extracurricular activities and school work and helping teachers understand that parents are friends, not foes.
 The essential role of parents in a student's academic success is the cornerstone of Ashland Oil's corporate regional education campaign. "The 1992-93 school year marks the tenth year in which our company's corporate regional advertising has promoted quality education," Lacy said. "Emphasis in past efforts has ranged from general support of all levels of education -- including dropout prevention, teacher appreciation and business-education partnerships."
 Parent Power was promoted only in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Minnesota. However, Ashland Oil has received subscriptions from every state, plus Canada. After seven months, subscriptions now number more than 30,000.
 Parent Power is published in partnership with Scholastic, Inc., which produces more classroom materials than any other company in the English-speaking world and is America's largest publisher of magazines for teachers. It was printed twice during the 1992-93 academic year, and a summer issue will be released in June. The company plans to publish three editions of the newsletter during the next academic year. To subscribe to Parent Power, call toll-free 1-800-238-3400 (24 hours a day).
 Ashland Oil, Inc. is a diversified energy corporation engaged in petroleum refining, transportation and wholesale marketing; retail gasoline marketing; motor oil and lubricant marketing; chemicals; coal; highway construction; and oil and gas exploration and production.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Owen of Ashland Oil, Inc., 606-329-3586/
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