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A coalition of business and labor groups in New York State has endorsed a package of school reforms.

Among other proposals, the New York State a.f.l.-c.i.o. and the Business Council of New York State endorsed school-based management, "report cards" for schools, intradistrict parental choice, and outcome-based accreditation.

The groups announced their endorsements at a conference with educators on May 1.

The coalition asked the State Board of Regents to adopt its proposals by next January so that new regulations could be in place for the 1992-93 school year.

The business council represents about 3,600 companies and more than 200 chambers of commerce; the a.f.l.-c.i.o. represents some 2.3 million workers in the state.


In cases of divorce, the parent with custody of the children has the right to determine how and where they will be educated, the Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled.

The only exception, the court said, would be if "there is an affirmative showing that the custodial parent's decision has injured or harmed, or will jeopardize the child's safety."

The case centered on a child-custody dispute involving the divorce of Lawrence E. Von Tersch and Geraldine A. Von Tersch.

A district court had supported Mr. Von Tersch's assertion that the couple's twin boys would be better served academically, socially, and athletically if they were enrolled in a public school instead of the school run by the Sword of the Spirit Church.

In reversing that decision, the Supreme Court cited its earlier decision that the custodial parent has the right to control a child's religious training unless there is a demonstrated threat to the child's health and well-being.

In addition, the court said, there was no evidence that continued attendance at the Sword of the Spirit Church school would have any detrimental effect on the 9-year-old twins.

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