National News Roundup
Tennessee would become the third state to set up a "tuition futures'' program to help parents save money for their children's college education if Gov. Ned McWherter signs legislation approved by the General Assembly last month.
Michigan approved such a plan in December, and Wyoming adopted its own version earlier this year. Legislatures in 17 other states are considering similar measures, according to the Education Commission of the States. (See Education Week, March 18, 1987.)
Unlike the Michigan plan, the Tennessee plan would allow couples who do not yet have children, as well as those who do, to invest a lump sum in a state-run trust fund that would pay the cost of tuition at any of the state's colleges and universities.
Details of the plan would need to be worked out before it could go into effect in July 1988, according to Representative Daniel Byrd, a sponsor of the measure.
The New York City Board of Education has decided to discontinue its practice of recruiting bilingual teachers in Spain. Instead, school officials expect to hire more teachers from Puerto Rico and to recruit for the first time in the Dominican Republic.
Over the past three years, the district has hired roughly 170 teachers from Spain to fill slots for bilingual teachers. (See Education Week, June 18, 1986.) But this year, with the assistance of a full-time recruiter in Puerto Rico and a new recruitment effort in the Dominican Republic, officials decided the district would not need to "extend'' itself to Spain, Edward P. Aquilone, executive director of the board's personnel division, said last week.
The district may hire as many as 200 teachers from Puerto Rico this year, up from about 60 last year, Mr. Aquilone said. "If we get 30 or 40 teachers from the Dominican Republic, we are going to be in pretty good shape,'' he added.
District officials decided to recruit in the Dominican Republic, Mr. Aquilone said, because an increasing number of students attending the city's schools are from that country.
Machelle Outlaw, the 17-year-old senior who was expelled from Goldsboro (N.C.) Christian School for modeling swimsuits at a local department store, can return to school under a settlement reached last month.
Ms. Outlaw's parents had challenged the expulsion in a lawsuit, and a Wayne County judge had ordered the school to reinstate the girl temporarily, pending a hearing. (See Education Week, March 25, 1987.)
Under the settlement, Ms. Outlaw's title as homecoming queen was restored, and she agreed to comply with all announced policies of the school, according to her lawyer, Tim Haithcock. Mr. Haithcock had argued that the expulsion was not based on an expressly stated school rule. Reginald Kingsley, the school's principal, had no comment.
As a result of the dispute, Ms. Outlaw has received several modeling offers and appeared on the syndicated television program "Hour Magazine,'' Mr. Haithcock said. "It's worked out real well for her,'' he said.