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In its ruling, the appeals court held that East Jackson Public Schools and Lapeer Community Schools could charge such fees because the athletic programs at issue were not "necessary elements of any school's activity." (See Education Week, Aug. 21, 1985.)

School boards in the state have been permitted to charge fees for participation in interscholastic sports since 1972, when the state board of education published guidelines on the matter. The state attorney general filed suit against the two school districts in 1982, contending that the practice violated the state constitution.

Worcester, Mass., school-bus drivers are back at work after a three-week strike that left about 8,000 students stranded.

Approximately 100 drivers returned to work after the drivers and officials of the United Bus and Truck Co., which provides buses to the Worcester school district, agreed to allow a union election Jan. 17 under the auspices of the National Labor Relations Board, according to John Durkin, superintendent for the Worcester school system. (See Education Week, Dec. 4, 1985.)

The drivers walked out Nov. 22, returned Dec. 3, then walked out again Dec. 6. The second strike was settled after city officials also agreed to provide safety inspections for all 35 special-education vehicles and some regular buses.

Vol. 05, Issue 17

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