The leadership of the National School Boards Association has defeated by a wide margin a proposal to create a political-action committee.
The nsba's 150-member delegate assembly, the organization's policy-setting body, voted down a resolution that would have established a pac to promote nsba policies before the Congress.
Writing in the organization's newspaper, Thomas A. Shannon, nsba's executive director, said opponents of the pac considered it "unnecessary," "divisive," and "incorrect as a matter of general principle."
They felt, he said, that "public education should be above partisan politics, and favoring some candidates over others ineluctably would place the school-board movement in the mainstream of party politics, as it has with the National Education Association."
The organization's Washington staff had recommended the establishment of a pac, and the plan was endorsed by nsba's policies and resolutions committee. (See Education Week, March 28, 1984.)
The New York City Board of Education has announced another charge of misconduct against Anthony J. Alvarado, the suspended chancellor of the city's school system.
According to the board's an-nouncement of last week, a summer em-ployee of the board ran errands, baby-sat, and performed additional personal chores for Mr. Alvarado and his family while they were on a two-week vacation on Long Island.
A disciplinary hearing for Mr. Alvarado is scheduled to begin May 14. The board, the district attorneys of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and a federal grand jury are all investigating charges of misconduct against him. (See Education Week, April 4, 1984.)
The New Jersey Education Association has urged its 117,000 members to close their personal accounts at banks whose officers served on a state panel that called for reductions in pension and health-care benefits for teachers and other public employees. (See Education Week, March 7, 1984.)
The group is also asking teachers to boycott other businesses whose officers served on the panel.
"The njea and all public-employee unions have been appalled by the recommendations" of the pension study commission, said Marvin R. Reed, communications director for the teachers' union.
The report called for raising the retirement age from 60 to 65; it also recommended that the state establish a much reduced pension benefit that "would, in effect, guarantee less than half of what is now provided," Mr. Reed said.
Moreover, Mr. Reed said, "rather than have all workers contribute to the same plan, the panel called on employees to take out individual retirement accounts at banks with a school district or employer also paying a share."
Vol. 03, Issue 32