News Updates

April 18, 1990 1 min read

Three lawyers have been indicted for illegally soliciting business from parents whose children died in the worst school-bus crash in Texas history.

Three lawyers and a law-firm employee were charged with the offense in a sealed indictment April 6.

Twenty-one students died in the bus crash in the town of Alton last fall, and scores more were injured. (See Education Week, Sept. 27 1989.)

The District of Columbia Board of Education has informally agreed to6recommend accepting a $1-million grant from the tobacco conglomerate Philip Morris Company.

The grant now awaits final approval by the board, which is scheduled to meet this week.

The recommendation follows an extended debate over the morality of accepting the grant, which, some members had argued, could be perceived as an endorsement of cigarette smoking. (See Education Week, April 4, 1990.)

The controversy surrounding the gift has also caused board members to consider refining the existing policy on accepting grants. Currently, the board must approve any grant exceeding $10,000.

A version of this article appeared in the April 18, 1990 edition of Education Week as News Updates