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First Lady Nancy Reagan has agreed to serve as the honorary chairman for a new campaign to find missing children that was kicked off this month by the American Gas Association. During the "National Child Watch Campaign," the association will send to participating local companies two pictures of missing children each month. The companies, a spokesman said, are planning either to send out the pictures in their monthly customer bills or to display them on posters on repair trucks and in their offices.


Sister Lorraine Pagendarm, a Dominican nun who has been a teacher, principal, and diocesan religious-education advisor in Stockton, Calif., has become the third woman ever to be promoted to the post of chancellor of an American Catholic diocese. On June 1, she will assume the chancellorship of the Diocese of Stockton--the third-ranking administrative post in the diocese. Under a liberalization of church law in 1983, nuns and lay members of the Catholic Church are now eligible for such positions.


P. Michael Timpane, the new dean of Teachers College, Columbia University, has called on the institution to develop an "urban teachers' fellowship program." Citing the success of a Teachers College program that brings independent-school educators to the campus for special training, Mr. Timpane said in his inaugural address: "At a time when career ladders and master teachers and mentors and other varieties of teacher leadership are being created, and at a time when the schools in the cities of our nation will continue to face distinctively difficult problems, it is appropriate that this institution create a similar program for teachers in these city schools who aspire to leadership and professional development."

Mr. Timpane also said he would seek new support for a fellowship program for minority educators. Printed copies of the Dec. 7 inaugural address were distributed by the college this month.


The National Catholic Educational Association at its conference in St. Louis last week presented the Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, secretary for social development and world peace for the U.S. Catholic Conference, with the C. Albert Koob Award, its highest honor. The award, named for a former president of the ncea, is given each year to an individual who has contributed in "an outstanding way" to Catholic education.

Father Hehir, who has headed the Catholic Conference's efforts in international peace and justice since 1974, attained national prominence as the U.S. bishops' chief advisor for the 1983 pastoral "The Challenge of Peace: God's Promise and Our Response." The peace pastoral has been widely used in the development of curriculum and teacher-training materials, ncea officials said.


C.R. Coates, a teacher at Mountain Home (Ark.) High School, said in a statement early this month that keeping an extra copy of the state's controversial new test required of Arkansas teachers was "an error in judgment."

Mr. Coates said one of the test examiners had given him an extra copy of the test inadvertently when the basic-skills test was administered on March 23. He kept the test and later made photocopies of portions of the test and placed them in the teachers' lounge at his school, Mr. Coates said.

"I thought what I had done was pretty cute until a teacher said, 'How could another teacher bring this shame on us,"' he said.

School officials in Mountain Home voted on April 1 to place Mr. Coates on probation for one year.

Susan Shapiro, the Randolph, Mass., high school senior who refused last fall to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem in class, is suing her homeroom teacher, her town, the school committee, and other school officials on the grounds that they sought to abridge her constitutional right to freedom of speech.

According to William P. Homans Jr., Ms. Shapiro's attorney, she and her family have been receiving threats and hate mail--often anti-semitic in nature--since the incident gained public attention last year. (See Education Week, Dec. 5, 1984.)

Mr. Homans said Ms. Shapiro is not seeking monetary damages but is asking for "a declaration of her rights to freedom of expression" and a declaration that she should not be penalized directly or indirectly for exercising those rights.

The amended complaint was to be filed in federal district court in Boston last week.

Scott Thomson, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, is predicting that public-school vouchers will get greater attention in coming months but that they are unlikely to improve public education.

Writing in the April issue of NewsLeader, a nassp publication, Mr. Thomson says that public-school vouchers are seen as more politically acceptable than tuition tax-credit plans. However, they are financially simplistic, he contends, because the cost of educating different students varies significantly.

"How do we attach a voucher which fairly matches the actual cost of a student's education?" Mr. Thomson writes. "Do we price out the schooling of each student and give $3,600 to one family and $42,600 to another? This, of course, would be absurd."


The state superintendent of public instruction in New Mexico resigned without notice late last month after 22 years in the position.

Leonard J. DeLayo had talked of leaving the job, a spokesman for the department of public instruction said, but had not indicated when. A panel met last week to discuss selection criteria for Mr. Delayo's replacement.

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