More Anti-Drug Funds Sought

April 24, 1987 1 min read

The National School Boards Association has called on the federal government to allocate more money for state and local programs to prevent drug and alcohol abuse.

At its annual convention in San Francisco this month, the association’s 149-member policymaking body also adopted resolutions calling for:

  • Improved cooperation among local school boards and the state and federal governments in developing programs for “at risk’’ youths.
  • The implementation of curricula to educate students about acquired immune deficiency syndrome and teen-age-pregnancy prevention.
  • Expanded opportunities under the federal Job Training Partnership Act to increase employability among participants and to improve the nation’s economic competitiveness.

The assembly also reaffirmed school boards’ control over the use of textbooks and curricula, although it suggested that parents become more involved in the review of curricular materials.

Jonathan Howe, who was elected president of the association at the convention, said one of his main priorities for the 1987-88 year would be to work to improve the relationship between unions and schools in collective-bargaining negotiations. The current adversarial relationship “has inhibited education reform,’' he said.

Mr. Howe, a lawyer from Northbrook, Ill., succeeds Nellie Weil.

The association’s policymaking body, or Delegate Assembly, is composed of local school-board members who are elected by their state associations.--A.P.