Update News Roundup
Florida Districs Drops AIDS Test For Students
The first school district in the country to offer students free testing for the virus that causes aids has reversed its three-year-old policy because of opposition from parents.
The 50,000-student Lee County district in Fort Myers, Fla., began the program to help limit an increase in aids cases. County officials had noted an unusually high incidence of hiv, the virus that causes aids, in residents under 30. (See Education Week, Dec. 15, 1993.)
Contempt Order Halted
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has halted a county judge's contempt-of-court order against a Pittsburgh-area school board that has hired a for-profit company to run one of its elementary schools.
The judge had ruled that the arrangement was illegal and threatened to disband the 1,900-student Wilkinsburg school board if members pursued the contract with Nashville-based Alternative Public Schools. (See Education Week, April 12, 1995.)
The high court is scheduled to rule later this month on the legality of that contract.
Refugee Centers Close
Five Miami-area centers established to help Cuban and Haitian refugee children adjust to U.S. public schools have closed.
A coalition of local groups and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami opened the nonprofit Varela Centers in April to handle refugee children from Panama and the U.S. naval base at Guant namo Bay, Cuba. (See Education Week, April 12, 1995.)
Officials said the centers had served their purpose and had helped ready about 200 refugee children for the Miami-area Dade County schools.
Protest Pays Off
School officials in Oakland, Calif., have agreed to install new portable classrooms at an elementary school where students boycotted classes last spring to protest run-down conditions.
Officials announced last month that they had obtained the $1.4 million needed to replace Lazear Elementary School's 18 portable classrooms.
About 450 of the school's 525 students boycotted the school for three weeks in May and June to protest conditions in the 40-year-old portable classrooms. (See Education Week, June 14, 1995.)