District News Roundup
In order to consider more evidence in the case, a federal district judge has set aside his Sept. 29 ruling allowing the Arlington, Tex., school district to collect tuition from foreign students.
U.S District Judge David Belew withdrew his decision at the request the Fort Worth chapter of the American Civil Liber6ties Union, which claimed that his earlier ruling was too hasty.
The aclu filed suit last month on behalf of 10 foreign families that are temporarily residing in the Arlington district while the parents attend local universities. The group argues that the district's tuition policy denies the children access to education in violation of state laws and the due-process and equal-protection guarantees of the U.S. Constitution.
The policy, adopted in 1977, requires all temporary residents to pay tuition, according to Leon Morgan, director of student serfor the district. The suit involves roughly 60 foreign students, who are being charged $270 per month for enrollment in elementary grades and $300 per month for attendance at high schools.
The families have not paid the fees, according to James W. Baerwaldt, a board member for the local aclu "These families can't afford this tuition," he said.
Judge Belew gave the aclu 75 days to file additional briefs in the case.
A teachers' union in Burlington, Iowa, has refused to participate in a local school-improvement program that it claims would destroy creativity in the classroom.
The Burlington school board voted to spend $58,000 over the next three years for the pilot program, which would include evaluations of teachers, administrators, and board members.
But the Burlington Education Association--an affiliate of the National Education Association--last month voted unanimously not to participate. The union charged that the program was inflexible and that it had been adopted without sufficient consultation with teachers.
Richard Manatt, a professor of education at Iowa State University who developed the program, was scheduled to meet with teachers late last week to attempt to iron out the differences.
Larry McBeth, director of instruction and personnel for the school system, said the program would be difficult to implement without union participation.
Student editors of a high-school newspaper in Westminster, Md., have voluntarily turned over photographic negatives from a Ku Klux Klan rally to local prosecutors investigating a cross-burning incident.
The student staff of the paper, The Owl, offered their negatives to the Carroll County state's attorney after a local newspaper, the Carroll County Times, refused to turn over its pictures of the rally.
Cathy Berry, faculty adviser to The Owl, said last week that the student journalists did not feel that their cooperation violated their First Amendment rights, since the student paper had published photos of the rally and a story on it.
An Illinois youngster diagnosed as having aids-related complex has been prohibited from attending elementary school in the Chicago suburb where he lives.
Donald P. Smith, a lawyer for the student, said last week that the boy's parents planned to go to court in an effort to force Dolton School District 148 to admit the boy. The student, whose identity has not been revealed, is thought to have contracted the aids virus through a blood transfusion. The school board voted 6 to 1 on Sept. 28 to bar him from school.
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