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Dennis Littky, the Winchester, N.H., principal who created a stir when he tried to encourage bold reforms at Thayer High School, is the subject of a made-for-television movie on NBC.

"A Town Torn Apart'' is scheduled to air from 9 to 11 P.M., Eastern standard time, on Nov. 30.

Mr. Littky embraced the suggestions of Theodore R. Sizer's book Horace's Compromise, and Thayer was chosen the first member of Mr. Sizer's Coalition of Essential Schools.

Some townspeople objected to what they viewed as Mr. Littky's ultraliberal and unnecessary changes at Thayer, leading to a confrontation with the school board.

The role of Mr. Littky is played by the actor Michael Tucker.

Cable in the Classroom, the cable-television industry's effort to provide non-commercial programming to educators, has added a new channel this fall.

Court TV, the network that covers actual legal proceedings from across the nation, is offering a 10-month schedule of cases packaged for use in schools.

The programs include "The Rodney King Case--California v. Powell: What the Jury Saw.''

Other programs examine a copyright-infringement lawsuit involving the music group New Kids on the Block, and a child-custody conflict that involved the religious differences of the parents.

The programs air for taping purposes at 3 A.M., Eastern standard time, on the first Saturday of each month.

The Disney Channel will air the third annual presentation of the Walt Disney Company's "American Teacher Awards'' on Dec. 6. (Check listings for the time.)

The pay-cable network will be available free to all households with cable that day as part of a promotion.

Thirty-six teachers selected by a variety of national education organizations will be honored during the telecast. One teacher will be chosen in each of 12 subject categories to receive an award during the show. All 36 finalists will vote for the "outstanding teacher of 1992'' from among the 12 subject-area winners.

Channel One, the classroom news show from Whittle Communications, has launched a national talent search for young news reporters.

To be considered, students must attend a high school that uses Channel One, must be at least 18 by April 1, 1993, and must be able to move to Los Angeles if selected.

Applicants must send a 60-second tape of themselves reporting on a story by Dec. 1 to Channel One, P.O. Box 74578, Los Angeles, Calif. 90004.--M.W.

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