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The State of Maryland has been accepted as a member of an international organization of government agencies concerned with school construction, Gov. William Donald Schaefer announced last week.

Maryland becomes the first U.S. state to join the Programme on Educational Building, a Paris-based organization that promotes the international exchange of ideas related to school construction and design. (See Education Week, April 1, 1992.)

Although the P.E.B. is operated within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an intergovernmental group of free-market democracies that includes the United States, it had until last winter limited its membership to national governments. The U.S. government, which has little involvement in school construction, had declined to join.

A junior-high-school girl in Hamilton, Ohio, who gave Tylenol to a classmate was ordered by the school district to attend detention on two consecutive Saturdays.

The district's decision last month to require Dana Merry to attend Saturday school came after a Butler County Common Pleas Court judge ruled that an earlier decision by the district to suspend her for five days must be revoked and removed from her record. (See Education Week, March 11, 1992.)

In his decision, Judge John Moser said the district had imposed the suspension under the wrong section of its discipline code. He said such a suspension would have been permissible under the district's medication policy, which allows only school officials to administer drugs with parental permission.

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