State News Roundup

May 30, 1990 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that nontenured teachers have a right to be told by school districts why they will not be rehired, but that the districts do not have to justify their decisions.

The May 15 ruling reversed an earlier decision in which the high court had ruled that nontenured teachers were entitled to be notified of what “undesirable qualities” led to their firing.

In its new ruling, the court called its previous ruling inaccurate, saying it suggested that nontenured teachers could only be fired for specific reasons.

The ruling was made in the case of Carolyn Birgenheier, who filed suit in 1986 against the Yellowstone County School District after her teaching contract was not renewed.

The district told Ms. Birgenheier that she would not be rehired because her contract had expired, prompting the teacher to sue for a more detailed reason.

A district court judge in Helena ordered the district to give its reasons. That ruling was upheld by the high court in a 6-1 decision.

The Kentucky Board of Education has approved a resolution barring school districts in the state from signing contracts to show “Channel One,” the commercially sponsored, in-school television newscast.

The board voted this month to draft a formal regulation barring the use of commercially sponsored shows in the classroom. “Channel One,” which is part of Whittle Communication’s Educational Network, features a daily 10-minute news report along with 2 minutes of commercials.

At least three other states have effectively banned the program from their schools.

A version of this article appeared in the May 30, 1990 edition of Education Week as State News Roundup


Classroom Technology Webinar Building Better Blended Learning in K-12 Schools
The pandemic and the increasing use of technology in K-12 education it prompted has added renewed energy to the blended learning movement as most students are now learning in school buildings (and will likely continue

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: November 17, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Nearly a Million Kids Vaccinated in Week 1, White House Says
Experts say there are signs that it will be difficult to sustain the initial momentum.
4 min read
Leo Hahn, 11, gets the first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Last week, U.S. health officials gave the final signoff to Pfizer's kid-size COVID-19 shot, a milestone that opened a major expansion of the nation's vaccination campaign to children as young as 5. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Education How Schools Are Getting Kids the COVID Shot, and Why Some Aren’t
Some district leaders say offering vaccine clinics, with the involvement of trusted school staff, is key to helping overcome hesitancy.
5 min read
A girl walks outside of a mobile vaccine unit after getting the first dose of her COVID-19 vaccine, outside P.S. 277, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
Education Biden Administration Urges Schools to Provide COVID-19 Shots, Information for Kids
The Biden administration is encouraging local school districts to host vaccine clinics for kids and information on benefits of the shots.
2 min read
President Joe Biden, and first lady Jill Biden walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Biden is spending the weekend at his home in Rehoboth Beach, Del. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)