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Gene Arline, the Jacksonville, Fla., elementary-school teacher who disputed her 1979 dismissal because of tuberculosis all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, was back before a judge this month in her effort to regain her job.

Lawyers for Ms. Arline and the Nassau County school board met with a federal district judge Nov. 3 to map out plans for a trial next May to determine whether the teacher, who is no longer infectious, can return to her 3rd-grade classroom or to another job in the district.

In a landmark ruling last March, the Supreme Court held that Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protected Ms. Arline and others "impaired" by infectious diseases against discrimination on the basis of their impairment. The Court's decision is expected also to influence the outcome of lawsuits brought by victims of acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

Marvin Edwards has decided to leave his job as superintendent of the Topeka, Kan., public schools to take the helm of the Dallas Independent School district.

On Nov. 4, the Dallas board of education unanimously voted to offer Mr. Edwards the superintendency. The 44-year-old school official, who has held the Topeka position since 1985, immediately accepted the job. The terms of his three-year contract, which includes a first-year salary of $125,000, were agreed to last week.

He will replace Linus Wright, who left the post Oct. 30 to become undersecretary of the U.S. Education Department.

Mr. Edwards, who is black, will become the first minority superintendent in the district's history. Roughly 80 percent of the system's 131,500 students are members of minority groups; nearly 50 percent are black.

Robert Keeshan, who has been entertaining American children for 32 years as television's Captain Kangaroo, is now appealing to an older audience in a public campaign for high-quality child care.

Calling the need for more and better programs serving poor children the nation's "number one problem," Mr. Keeshan has helped launch a Nashville-based firm that assists businesses in developing and operating employer-subsidized day-care programs.

Corporate Childcare, which the television performer founded with two local businessmen--Tennessee's former commission6er of human services and former Gov. Lamar Alexander and his wife--has consulted with about a dozen corporations in four states.

John R. Silber, president of Boston University, has urged the creation of a national nutrition and day-care program to liberate children in poverty from "a deprivation which, destroying freedom, amounts to slavery."

"The underclass have been deprived even of the idea that they can escape from their wretched state," he said in an address this month at St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Va. "These Americans--and their numbers are increasing--have concluded that the game is lost."

Existing federal programs, such as Head Start and the supplemental feeding program for needy pregnant women, infants, and children, have failed to combat poverty because they reach too few families who need them, Mr. Silber argued. And existing day-care programs, he said, provide an inadequate education for the young.

What is needed, Mr. Silber said, is a large-scale program to educate and nurture children between the ages of 3 and 6 each workday, and those between the ages of 3 and 12 during school vacations. The program would also provide adequate nutrition to disadvantaged pregnant women and infants.

In addition, he urged greater attention to moral education to help alleviate the "hopelessness and ignorance" of many parents and potential parents.

Vol. 07, Issue 11

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