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A New Jersey appeals court has barred the state education department from implementing new rules that would ease the requirements for moving students out of bilingual classrooms.

Under the order issued by Judge Melvin Antell, the state cannot implement the regulations until a lawsuit challenging them is decided.

The rule change, which was scheduled to take effect this spring, would have allowed students to be placed in all-English classrooms on the basis of a single English-proficiency test.

At present, the state also considers additional test results and evaluations by teachers.

In two lawsuits filed last month, a consortium of school boards and the state's Public Advocate Department maintained that the policy would infringe on students' rights and was not adequately justified by the board of education. The proposal has also been opposed by other education groups around the state. (See Education Week, Nov. 18, 1987.)

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