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Vicky Frost has lost another round in her battle with the Hawkins County, Tenn., school board over textbooks.

Ms. Frost was a leader of a group of fundamentalist Christian parents who sued the board on the grounds that a textbook series violated their children's First Amendment rights by exposing them to stories on witchcraft, evolution, and one-world concepts.

A 1986 federal-district-court ruling allowing the children to "opt out" of the disputed reading course was later struck down by an appellate court.

In a separate suit, Ms. Frost claimed that local officials violated her Constitutional rights by arresting her for trespassing when she tried to remove her daughter from the course. A federal district jury awarded her $70,000, but the verdict was overturned by the appellate court.

The U.S. Supreme Court last week declined to review the wrongful-arrest case.

A $125,000 grant from the novelist and screenwriter Sidney Sheldon will enable two New York City high schools to resume publication of their long-dormant student newspapers.

Erasmus Hall High School's New Dutchman and Theodore Roosevelt High School's The Square Deal are the first student papers aided by ArtsConnection, an arts-in-education organization that hopes to revive other school newspapers as well.

ArtsConnection will use Mr. Sheldon's donation to provide each newspaper with the assistance of two professional journalists,6who will advise students and assign and edit stories. The goal is to make the newspapers self-sufficient, said Steven Tennen, the organization's executive director.

Henry Gradillas, who gained a reputation as an effective urban-school leader as principal of Garfield High School in Los Angeles, has surprised his admirers by taking a job with the state education department.

Mr. Gradillas compiled a six-year record of accomplishments at the largely Hispanic and low-income high school, now nationally known as the site of the film Stand and Deliver. In his new post, he will be working to improve school decisionmaking procedures.

The state job surfaced at a time when some observers felt that Mr. Gradillas was being treated unfairly as a result of the district's internal politics.

Returning from a year-long sabbatical this fall, Mr. Gradillas was given a "temporary" assignment scheduling asbestos inspections. However, the job "kind of dragged on," Mr. Gradillas recalled. There were suggestions that the former principal, known for his unorthodox methods, was being punished by district officials.

According to Sidney Thompson, the district's deputy superintendent for school operations, Mr. Gradillas was slated for promotion to regional administrator. Before that position became available, though, Mr. Gradillas took the state job.

National Football League Hall of Famer Alan Page wants more minority youths to go to college.

So the former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman, who currently is a Minnesota assistant state attorney general, has created the Alan Page Education Foundation to provide role models and financial aid to minority students.

The foundation will provide academically qualified students who might not otherwise go to college with scholarships of from $500 to $2,000, on the condition that they act as mentors and tutors to elementary-school children in their communities.

The foundation will focus on minority youths in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. But Mr. Page is also promoting education across the country. He has embarked on a nationwide speaking tour, sponsored by the Eastman Kodak Company, for higher education for minority youths.

Educators need their own hall of fame, says M. Donald Thomas, retired superintendent of the Salt Lake City School District.

Mr. Thomas directs the National Committee for the American Education Center, which is raising funds for a facility to house the hall of fame museum as well as conference and exhibit space.

The group hopes to build the center in Blue Springs, Mo., near Kansas City.

The hall of fame will "honor those individuals who have made a contribution to American public and private education," said Mr. Thomas, adding that a committee will determine standards for induction.

For further information, contact M. Donald Thomas, 860 18th Ave., Salt Lake City, Utah 84103; (801) 532-5340.

Yellow ribbons and "Welcome Home" banners awaited Jim Copp when he re this month to the Rocky Point Elementary School in North Carolina after several weeks of captivity in Laos.

"Everybody got a hug and we went right back to work," said Mr. Copp, 44, a 2nd-grade teacher.

A Vietnam veteran, Mr. Copp believes that U.S. servicemen are still being held as prisoners of war by the Laotian government. He and a companion were detained for distributing money advertising a $2.4-million reward for bringing an American serviceman out of captivity alive.

Two nationally prominent educators and a member of the Congress have been chosen to receive the first annual Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prizes in Education.

Awards of $25,000 each will go to Terrel H. Bell, the former Secretary of Education, Helen B. Crouch, president of the Literacy Volunteers of America, and Senator Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island, the chairman of the Senate education subcommittee.

Mr. Bell was cited for his successful defense of the Education Department against attempts by other Reagan Administration officials to dismantle it.

The announcement praised Ms. Crouch for her work with the lva and the National Coalition for Literacy, which she chairs.

Mr. Pell earned the award for his efforts to reduce economic barriers to higher education through creation of the Pell Grants for students, the announcment said.

Further information about the awards, named for the retired publishing executive, may be obtained from McGraw-Hill Inc., 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10020.

Scott D. Thomson plans to step down in January of 1990 after 10 years as executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Mr. Thomson, who was scheduled to announce his decision this week, has revealed no further plans, according to the group's spokesman, Lew Armistead.

During his tenure at the helm of the 40,000-member organization, Mr. Thomson has been a strong advocate of a more active instructional-leadership role for school principals.

Earlier this year, nassp released the first volume of a major new study on the principalship. Other initiatives undertaken during Mr. Thomson's administration include cosponsorship of the research by Theodore R. Sizer that led to the book Horace's Compromise; establishment of an assessment-center project; and efforts to identify and develop critical skills needed by principals.

An announcement on the selection process for Mr. Thomson's successor will be forthcoming, according to Mr. Armistead.

Vol. 08, Issue 15

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