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The New York State Board of Regents has postponed a decision on whether to change the state education department's rule prohibiting girls from competing with boys in six contact sports, including football. The board this month considered a proposal to change the rule at the urging of J. Edward Meyer, a regent who noted that a federal judge in a pending lawsuit may overturn the current rule.

The suit--against the Yonkers, N.Y., school district and state education officials--was brought by a high-school girl who wants to play on her school's football team. (See Education Week, Oct. 16, 1985.)

Mr. Meyer argued that the regents, rather than the courts, should "determine educational policy in the state." But the board voted instead to ask the state education depart-ment to study the issue, including recent actions in other states, health and safety factors, and the impact on girls' sports of the repeal of the rule. The regents plan to discuss the matter again at their December meeting.

The Idaho Board of Education has voted to keep intact its controversial rule requiring all students to have a C average in order to graduate from high school. (See Education Week, Aug. 21, 1985.) The board rejected a proposal to allow school districts to use their own testing programs rather than grade-point averages to determine graduation standards.

August M. Hein, the deputy state superintendent of schools, said the board rejected arguments from some school officials that the C-average rule, adopted two years ago, is unfair to special-education and disadvantaged students.

The graduating class of 1988 will be the first to have to meet the requirement.

Katherine B. Aguon, the former director of the department of education on Guam, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $50,000 for accepting bribes and for obstructing a federal investigation, according to press reports.

Ms. Aguon, who led the department from 1980 to 1982, had been convicted in August of extortion, conspiracy to commit extortion, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and lying to a grand jury. (See Education Week, Sept. 4, 1985.) Witnesses testified that she had accepted gifts in return for contracts and obstructed an investigation of corruption in her department.

Also convicted and sentenced were several other department employees, including the former financial-affairs administrator and his assistant, according to the reports.

Vol. 05, Issue 09

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