News in Brief
The New York State lottery continues to grow in popularity and will generate nearly $1.9 million per day for public schools this year, John D. Quinn, the lottery's director, said this month in remarks on the game's 11th anniversary.
The lottery is projected to raise $765 million during the 1987-88 school year for textbooks and other expenses, representing almost 10 percent of the state's total expenditures for elementary and secondary education and an increase of more than $110 million over last year.
"If there wasn't any lottery, and the state legislature wanted to keep education funding at its current levels, they would certainly have to raise taxes," said Charles Drago, a school-finance associate in the state education department.
Pennsylvania's state board of education serves a "vital function" and should pursue a more active policymaking role, a study by the legislature's House education committee has concluded.
The review of the board, which serves in an advisory capacity only, was its first under a "sunset" law mandating periodic reviews of all agencies. It signals a significant turnaround from five years ago, when efforts were mounted in the legislature to abolish the board, said state Representative Ronald Cowell, chairman of the committee.
Mr. Cowell said a bill to be introduced later this month would require the board to develop a master plan for precollegiate education every five years, as it now does for higher education.
Thomas G. Clausen, Louisiana's state school superintendent, im4properly allocated nearly $2 million in federal Chapter 2 funds this summer for programs of his choosing, a state district judge has ruled.
The Sept. 9 ruling stemmed from Mr. Clausen's decision earlier this year to reject funding decisions for the federal program made by the state board of elementary and secondary education. The board filed suit to block the money from being spent, arguing that it has sole authority to approve state contracts and set spending policies.
Educators, parents, and civil-rights groups in Georgia have joined forces to overturn a 23-year-old law that permits corporal punishment in public schools.
The coalition is asking the state legislature to repeal the act when it convenes in January. Districts now can choose to physically discipline students as long as the punishment is "not excessive or unduly severe."
The group--whose members include the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union--has scheduled a statewide conference on corporal punishment for Nov. 14 to plan its legislative strategy.
Gov. Guy Hunt of Alabama, as expected, has ended proration of the state's education budget, releasing an extra $34 million for schools and colleges for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30.
State officials say a surge in state tax collections driven by changes in the federal tax code allowed Mr. Hunt to cancel a 2 percent reduction in education funds mandated by a law requiring prorated spending cuts when tax revenues do not meet budget obligations. Two-thirds of the restored funds will be distributed to elementary and secondary schools, and the rest will go to higher education.
Vol. 07, Issue 03