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School districts in North Carolina may use Whittle Communications' "Channel One" TV news show, but only for one three-year contract and only if they do not count the 12-minute program as part of the regular school day, the state board of education has decided.

The board voted 10 to 1 on May 3 to impose a ban on commercially sponsored programs such as "Channel One," which includes 10 minutes of news and 2 minutes of commercials. But districts that have already signed contracts may show the program, and other districts may sign contracts during the 60 days before the board's regulation takes effect.

State officials have been at odds with many district superintendents over who should decide whether schools can show "Channel One." (See Education Week, Feb. 28, 1990.)

The board stipulated in its vote that districts may not include the 12 minutes in the regular 5-hour school day. Also, the contracts will become invalid if the state supreme court rules that they violate public policy, the board said.


The McMartin Preschool, the target of a flood of child-abuse charges filed against its principal and a teacher, has been sold and faces demolition.

Arnold Goldstein, a local developer, purchased the property in Manhattan Beach, Calif., in February for $320,000 from Danny Davis, the lawyer who is representing Raymond Buckey on eight counts of child abuse stemming from his work at the center. (See Education Week, Feb. 7, 1990.)

The Los Angeles Times has reported that Mr. Davis acquired the property in lieu of a legal fee for representing Mr. Buckey, who was acquitted on all but 13 of 53 counts against him. His mother, Peggy McMartin Buckey, was acquitted on all 12 counts against her. Mr. Buckey is now being retried on eight counts.

Mr. Goldstein has filed plans with the city to build a three-story office building on the site. "Who needs that monument anymore?" he told the Times.


A federal court jury has ordered the Kentucky Education Association to pay more than $1 million in damages to a former school principal who said the union had him fired over a racial slur.

Robert G. Eaton, an elementary-school principal, had been fired in 1987 after he called a black school employee a "nigger." The Newport school board dismissed him even though he apologized to the employee. A state appeals court later ruled that the district had arbitrarily dismissed Mr. Eaton and ordered it to rehire him. (See Education Week, Sept. 6, 1989.)

In the federal case, Mr. Eaton charged that the union and its local field representative conspired with the school board to have him fired. In finding for Mr. Eaton, the jury awarded him damages for malicious action, anguish, and embarrassment, as well as back pay with interest.

The union is expected to ask U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman to set aside the verdict.


The executive director of the New Jersey School Boards Association has resigned in the wake of charges that he misused and mismanaged funds.

Octavius T. Reid Jr. resigned shortly before the association's directors were scheduled to vote on whether to dismiss him, as a state investigative panel had recommended. (See Education Week, May 9, 1990.)

The panel said that Mr. Reid had mismanaged insurance funds, leading to a $1-million loss, and that he had used funds to finance an extravagant life style.

Mr. Reid has denied any wrongdoing.

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