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The governing council of the National Collegiate Athletic Association has voted to seek a two-year delay in the introduction of a controversial academic standard for freshmen athletes.

The standard, scheduled to go into effect in August 1986, would require freshmen wishing to play intercollegiate sports at the ncaa's most competitive Division I schools to earn a combined score of at least 700 out of a possible 1,600 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test or a composite score of 15 out of a possible 36 on the act Assessment.

The ncaa approved the standard, along with another that would require such students to earn a high-school grade-point average of 2.0 in a core curriculum of 11 courses, at its 1983 convention.

Commonly known as Proposition 48, the standard has been strongly criticized by representatives of predominantly black colleges and universities, who contend that standardized tests discriminate against black students. A study done recently for the ncaa found that a high percentage of former black freshman athletes would not have met the standard. (See Education Week, Sept. 12, 1984.)

The proposal to delay implemen3tation of the rule will be voted on by the full ncaa membership at its January meeting.


Lawyers for the Chicago Board of Education last Wednesday requested a rehearing before the three-judge appellate panel that ruled last month that the federal government is not obliged to fund a significant portion of Chicago's school-desegregation effort. (See Education Week, Oct. 3, 1984.)

A lawyer for the board conceded that it is extremely rare for the court to grant such rehearings.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Sept. 26 that a 1980 consent decree between the government and the city required that Chicago schools receive "top-of-the-line" priority for funds from the U.S. Education Department accounts earmarked for desegregation purposes. But the board's lawyer called this concept "meaningless."

The U.S. Justice Department had no comment on the appeal.

The board was forced to cut $20 million from its $87-million desegregation budget as a result of the appellate panel's decision. That decision reversed a finding by U.S. District Judge Milton I. Shadur that the consent decree required the federal government to pay Chicago $103.8 million for desegregation this year and similar amounts in subsequent years.

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