District News Roundup
A 16-year-old high-school junior in Nashville gave birth to a five-pound baby boy in a school rest- room this month, then returned to her mathematics class and asked the teacher for permission to leave.
The infant was discovered later by another teacher after a student complained of unexplained noises in the bathroom.
Samella Spence, principal of East High School, called the police, who took the baby to Vanderbilt University Hospital. He was listed in good condition there last week.
"I was surprised for sure," Ms. Spence said.
"Yet," she added, "in the public schools we have to keep kids no matter what, whether they're pregnant or not. You assume that one day something like this will happen."
Ms. Spence said the student who gave birth is "small in stature" and did not appear to be pregnant.
A school-consolidation plan that led 300 students to boycott classes in Perry County, Ala., this month has been upheld by a circuit-court judge.
The plan, effective this school year, closes Suttle Elementary School and makes East Perry High School the district's elementary school. Students who attended East Perry as a high school are now being bused 19 miles to West Side High School.
According to Wilbert Turner, a district official, angry students boycotted the first two weeks of classes because of the consolidation plan. He said last week that about 85 students were still boycotting.
Judge Anne Farrell McKelvey of the state circuit court denied parents' request for a temporary injunction to halt the consolidation plan.
According to one news report,4some school-board members testified at the court hearing Sept. 5 that the state had forced Perry County officials to accept the consolidation plan. The Perry School system is $500,000 in debt, according to the report, and board members have been told by state officials to balance their budget or resign.
Because the 2,000-student district is small, Mr. Turner said, "we couldn't afford to have seven schools open. We closed one for now," he said, "and have at least one more on the schedule to be closed next year, if not before."
The head of a private vocational school in Brooklyn, N.Y., was arrested this month on felony fraud charges for allegedly operating an unlicensed school and defrauding students of a total of more than $50,000, according to Robert Abrams, the New York City attorney general.
Warren Jeter, founder of the Center for Educational Development and Training, is charged in a criminal complaint with falsely representing the school as licensed by the state education department. The complaint also maintains that Mr. Jeter refused to refund tuition to students for courses that either were never given or were improperly conducted.
The city attorney general's office has also filed a civil lawsuit against Mr. Jeter, charging him, according to a statement from the office, with "luring low-income New Yorkers" to the school by promising them "training in employable skills." The civil suit seeks reimbursement of student tuition and an end to the school's operation in New York State.
According to legal documents, the school claimed during its two-year operation from 1982 to 1984 to offer courses in nursing, word processing, high-school equivalency test preparation, mathematics, and English as a second language. Course fees ranged from $100 to $650.
If convicted, Mr. Jeter could receive a maximum four-year prison term and be subject to a $5,000 fine.