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u The Ford Foundation has awarded $297,000 to the Bank Street College of Education and the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women to support a 30-month study of the involvement of public schools in early-childhood-education programs.

The grant augments $297,000 in support for the research already pledged by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. (See Education Week, Oct. 2, 1985.)

A promise by an Alabama education official to build a new centrally located high school has ended a six-week boycott by students in Perry County. (See Education Week, Sept. 18, 1985.)

The boycott was sparked by the county school board's decision to close East Perry High School as a cost-cutting move, after it was revealed that the district was more than $500,000 in debt. The closure meant that former East Perry High students faced a 28-mile round trip each day to the district's only remaining high school.

Victor Poole, a member of the state board of education, said that a consolidated high school will be built in an area of Perry County that will be accessible without a lengthy bus ride.

If the state does not approve a new school for Perry County, Mr. Poole said he would ensure that East Perry would be reopened as a high school.

A Yonkers, N.Y., girl has won the right to practice with her high school's all-male football team, pending the outcome of a federal suit she has brought against the state education department.

Jacqueline Lantz, 16, a 4'11" senior at Lincoln High School, had already asked her local state assemblyman for help in changing the education department's regulation prohibiting mixed-sex competition in six contact sports, including football. (See Education Week, Sept. 11, 1985.)

At an Oct. 2 hearing, Judge Louis L. Stanton of U.S. District Court in Manhattan refused to issue a temporary restraining order against the Yonkers City School District that would have allowed Ms. Lantz to try out for the team.

At that time, however, the judge suggested there was "a likelihood" that he would decide in Ms. Lantz's favor at a second hearing, scheduled for Oct. 28, to give state and local education officials named as defendants additional time to prepare. An interim compromise, reached by lawyers for both sides, will allow Ms. Lantz to begin non-contact practice with the team Oct. 21.

Vol. 05, Issue 07

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