National News Roundup
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has awarded $10,000 grants to each of 10 public elementary and secondary schools from across the country in recognition of their "superior arts programs."
The winners of the Awards in Arts Education, selected by a 12-member committee from among 450 applicants, were announced last week at the annual convention of the American Association of School Administrators.
This year marks the first of five annual sets of awards to be presented to exemplary public-school programs in art, music, dance, and theater. In announcing the committee's decision, David Rockefeller Jr., the committee chairman and trustee of the fund, said the winning programs are distinguished by "outstanding instruction, significant student achievement, and broad administrative and community under-standing and support."
The winners are: German Central Elementary School, McClellandtown, Pa.; Horace Mann Elementary and Middle School, Beverly Hills, Calif.; Maple Dale School and Indian Hill School (shared award), Milwaukee, Wis.; Scarborough Elementary Unit, Scarborough, Me.; Harding Junior High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck, N.Y.; Swain County High School, Bryson City, N.C.; Fillmore Arts Center, Washington, D.C.; High School of Art and Design, New York City; and Northside School of the Arts-Northside High School, Atlanta.
Claiming that a regulation requiring family-planning clinics to notify the parents of minors receiving prescription birth-control products would be "counterproductive," a coalition of religious, social-service, and population organizations last week issued a statement opposing the proposed rule.
"We believe they will only aggravate the already serious problem of unintended adolescent pregnancy," said Elizabeth Johns, who delivered the statement on behalf of the National Council of Negro Women, of which she is executive vice president; the Young Women's Christian Association; the Girls Clubs; the National Urban League; the United Presbyterian Church; and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.
"Everyone agrees that families should talk about the sensitive subject of adolescent sexuality and reproductive health," Ms. Johns continued.
'We believe it is inappropriate for government to require rather than encourage this intimate family interaction."
The groups issued their statement in connection with a conference, "Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy: The Role of the Youth Serving Agency," sponsored jointly by the Center for Population Options and Columbia University's Center for Population and Family Health.
Ms. Johns noted that preliminary data from several family-planning agencies in California suggest that teen-agers are not attending clinics because they fear the proposed rule has already been put into effect. However, she said, it is too soon to suggest that a national trend exists, or to conclude that there is a definite link between the proposed rule and the decline in the number of teen-agers visiting the clinics.
"We recommend the Administration rescind its proposal and instead take on a more difficult, but more appropriate task--the development of programs which encourage families to communicate about adolescent sexuality and reproductive health," Ms. Johns said.
"We believe voluntary parental involvement is the key to the successful communication of family values," she said in the statement.
The rule, issued Feb. 22, would amend the regulations for Title X of the Public Health Service Act, under which many family-planning clinics receive funds.