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Gov. Guy Hunt of Alabama moved last week to block the sale of a Montgomery television station to the state's teacher and public-employee retirement systems. (See Education Week, Feb. 8, 1989)

Mr. Hunt filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission, asking for a halt to the proposed sale of WSFA-tv to rsa Media Corporation, a subsidiary of the retirement funds.

The Governor is locked in a political dispute over the sale with Paul Hubbert, the powerful head of the Alabama Education Association and chairman of the teachers' retirement-system board.

Mr. Hunt expressed concern about the freedom of the station's news operation, and said he was "deeply troubled that the financial expectations of state employees and teachers will be placed in jeopardy" by the deal.

Local empowerment will be a key strategy for tackling the Detroit school system's financial, educational, and managerial problems, according to a declaration adopted by the school board last week.

The board has not adopted a specific model for school-based management in the district. But it plans to ask from 20 to 40 schools to develop such plans and implement them by next fall, according to David Olmstead, one of four new members elected on a reform platform last fall. (See Education Week, Nov. 16, 1988.)

The board also will ask teachers to negotiate a "model" contract similar to those adopted in Dade County, Fla., Pittsburgh, and Rochester, N.Y., he said. To help to reduce a projected budget deficit, he added, the board will ask teachers to reopen contract negotiations rather than press forward with an arbitration procedure.

Most board members think a comprehensive reform plan--including new collective-bargaining agreements--should be in place before voters are asked to support higher taxes for the system, he noted.

Vol. 08, Issue 21

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