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Arizona's state school board has delayed by a year setting standards for high school graduation.

Last year, the board agreed to require graduates to show competency in core subject areas. But Lisa Graham, the state superintendent, halted part of the Arizona Student Assessment Program last winter because of questions about its reliability. (See Education Week, 3/22/95.)

Until the state figures out what to do about the assessments, the board should not be asked to set the standards, a spokeswoman for Ms. Graham said last week.

Free-Speech Ruling: The City University of New York did not violate the free-speech rights of a controversial scholar when it removed him as a department chair at CUNY's City College, a federal court ruled last week.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the college's right to demote Leonard Jeffries for remarks in a 1991 speech. (See Education Week, 9/4/91.)

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