District News Roundup
The state of Kentucky has ordered school officials in Boyd County to take steps to correct violations in their school system's special-education program.
The orders, part of an agreement reached last month between the state education department and local school officials, were prompted by a state investigation of the district's special-education programs.
The investigative team found that some students had been placed in special-education classes without first undergoing a complete reviewed by the team, no student's folder contained all the documentation needed to qualify a student for special education.
At the same time, state officials said, other handicapped students who needed services were not getting them.
"Each school took care of its own special-education programs rather than making it a districtwide obligation," said Gordon Nichols, a spokesman for the state education department. "It's easy to lose a child in between the changing of schools."
State officials also instructed the district to reimburse its special-education fund for the services of a guidance counselor whose salary had been paid with federal special-education aid but who also dealt with nondisabled students.
The investigation was among the latest in a series of problems for the district. Its superintendent also faces an unrelated charge of official misconduct for allegedly lying to the state about overcrowded classrooms. And state school officials last week began a curriculum audit of the district.
Chancellor Joseph A. Fernandez of the New York City schools is developing a plan to distribute condoms to students by the end of the school year as a way to reduce the incidence of aids and unwanted adolescent pregnancies.
Kim Bohen, a spokesman for Mr. Fernandez, said details about how and where the condoms will be distributed have not yet been worked out. The plan will be developed within a month and will be presented to the board for its approval, she said.
In 1986, the district distributed condoms to students through school-based health clinics, but stopped after several board members opposed the program. Ms. Bohen said two of the current board's seven members were serving in 1986, and both had opposed the program at that time.
The U.S. Education Department has awarded a $510,000 grant to an educational partnership formed by a liberal-arts college and a New Jersey school district that is designed to develop new strategies for teaching mathematics and science to young students.
"Project why," a partnership between Ram College and the Englewood public schools, is designed to devise strategies, teaching methods, and curricula to improve the inquiry skills and math competency of students in pre-kindergarten through 7th grade.
As part of the program, which also is being funded by cpc International, a locally based food-service company, members of the college faculty will assist in teaching laboratory facilities available to students.