State News Roundup
Less than one-third of the students who graduated from Mississippi high schools in 1986 took enough academic courses to qualify for admission to the state's university system, according to estimates contained in a new report by the naacp Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc.
Approximately 38 percent of white students and only 20 percent of black graduates met the academic-curriculum requirements adopted in 1985 by the state's Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning, the report says.
Phyllis McClure, a director of the Legal Defense Fund who presented the report to the state board of education, said that6school officials "are not making an effort to tell people exactly what the requirements are" for university admission.
The disparity between the proportions of white and black students taking the college-preparatory track, she said, is partly due to the lower expectations many educators hold for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The report recommends that the state begin keeping data on the rates of student enrollment in the college curriculum and require school districts to achieve targets for increasing student participation in such courses.
Georgia Board Taking Second Look
At New 'No Pass, No Play' Policy
The Georgia Board of Education, acting less than a year after its "no pass, no play" rule took effect, has begun to reconsider the policy, which bars high-school students who fail to stay "on track" for graduation from participating in any extracurricular activities for a full year.
Since the rule took effect, the board has heard numerous appeals from parents asking for a revision in what they see as a punitive policy, said Gene Norton, division director of regional educational services in the state education department. It is also the general feeling of the board, he said, that the policy "may be a little more than what's needed."
Mr. Norton's office has been asked to propose alternatives to the current policy. One option, he said, would be to allow a student who is off track, but was promoted anyway, to participate in extracurricular activities provided he or she passes all six subjects in the first semester.
The proposals will be presented to the board at its December meeting.