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New Jersey students who ran up a $90 phone bill making calls to pornographic tape recordings in New York City have been ordered by school officials to pay for the calls.

The students placed more than 80 calls to the Hustler magazine hot line, which featured recordings of graphic accounts of imaginary sex-ual exploits, from the Brick Township High School's student-operated radio station.

In a similar incident at Lincoln Middle School in Pullman, Wash., students used a school phone to call the hot line, resulting in a $57 phone bill.

A task force will be appointed next month in West Virginia to develop plans for state agencies to work together on solutions to the problems of teen-age pregnancy and parenting.

"What we're looking at is developing pilot programs," said Therese M. Wilson, unit coordinator of student-support services in the state department of education. State officials would also like the task force to develop a brochure outlining programs currently available to students who become pregnant, Ms. Wilson said.

The catalyst for the task force, Ms. Wilson said, was a meeting held last month in Washington, D.C., designed to bring state leaders together to work on solving the problems of pregnant teen-agers. (See Education Week, Feb. 8, 1984.)

Ms. Wilson said school records in-dicate that approximately 200 students in the state dropped out of school last year because they were pregnant.

A former high-school majorette, who was suspended from the marching band during the 1982 football season for being four pounds over a weight limit for participants in band-related groups, says an apology from school officials is "good enough" for her to close the controversy. (See Education Week, Oct. 13, 1982.)

Peggy Ward, a 17-year-old student at Ringgold High School in Monongahela, Pa., was not permitted to march for the first two games of the football season because she did not reduce her weight to 126 pounds. The 5-foot-4-inch student was permitted to return to the majorette squad after her doctor told school officials that dieting would imperil her health.

The school board voted this month to abolish all weight requirements for band-related groups. Two members of the school board earlier in the day told Ms. Ward they were sorry for the problems caused by the incident.

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