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The Michigan Board of Education has defeated a proposal to base state aid to school districts on two enrollment counts a year, rather than the single annual tally now used.

Although the board rejected the plan, a nearly identical proposal is still pending in the state Senate.

Currently, state aid is based on each district's enrollment on the fourth Friday in September.

Under the proposal rejected by the board on Feb. 2, state education officials would have averaged in the results of a second pupil count on the fourth Friday in March.

A spokesman for the state education department said the proposal was intended to encourage districts to lower their dropout rates in order to avoid losing state funds.

The board, the spokesman noted, did vote to require a second pupil count in March, but to use the results of that count only "to get a better handle on the dropout situation."

South Carolina lawmakers are considering whether to require schools to hire contractors to provide bus services.

The development follows the death of a 4-year-old who was accidentally run over by a 17-year-old school-bus driver with a history of moving-vehicle violations.

South Carolina and five other states had been temporarily allowed by the U.S. Labor Department to continue until next Aug. 1 using student drivers with unblemished driving records. (See Education Week, Jan. 13, 1988.)

Several South Carolina districts have dismissed their under-age drivers in the wake of the accident late last month.

The Labor Department is auditing the records of student drivers in 15 districts.

The results of the audit, as well as possible fines, are expected to be announced shortly.

Rose Mofford, Arizona's Secretary of State, became the state's acting Governor this month after the Arizona House of Representatives' Feb. 4 vote to impeach Gov. Evan Mecham.

Mr. Mecham faces an impeachment trial in the Senate on Feb. 22, a recall election on May 17, and a criminal trial in April on charges that he concealed a 1986 campaign loan.

Vol. 07, Issue 21

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