Sharon L. Rogers, who was the target of a terrorist bombing in March, has formally resigned from her 4th-grade teaching position at a private school near San Diego and been given a $135,000 settle6ment by the school.
After weeks of negotiations with officials of the La Jolla Country Day School, Ms. Rogers announced last month that she had resigned effective Aug. 31 and would not be returning to class.
Ms. Rogers is the wife of Capt. Will Rogers 3rd, who commands the U.S. Navy vessel that mistakenly shot down an Iranian airliner in the Persian Gulf last summer.
A spokesman for the school claimed that Ms. Rogers had refused two contract offers that would have allowed her to return to her job at some point in the future. School officials cited the 24-hour protection currently being provided to Ms. Rogers by federal authorities as evidence that she would pose a security risk to her pupils.
Washington State is in the middle of a heated budget battle, and teachers like Jon Holdaway, a vocal-music and drama instructor at Cedarcrest Junior High School in Spanaway, are upset that the schools are not getting enough money.
Seeking "something dramatic" to draw attention to the issue, Mr. Holdaway last month adopted a tactic that must have stunned state economic-development officials: He placed an advertisement in The Wall Street Journal urging employers not to move to the Evergreen State.
"We can't guarantee you a quality worker because our state won't pay for quality schools," said the $1,400 advertisement, which ran in 13 Western states and reached nearly half a million readers.
Officials of the Washington Education Association quickly dissociated themselves from Mr. Holdaway's effort. But the advertisement drew an enthusiastic response from many teachers, who contributed enough to cover its costs, he reported.
"The ad has achieved its end," he said. "People are talking about education."
Some parents in Murfreesboro and Smyrna, Tenn., are upset about school food-service programs that give away free frozen desserts if every student buys a lunch.
The parents claim such policies, which can deny treats to all children if even one brings lunch from home, put too much pressure on students. School officials, who have pledged a review, say incentives are needed for the financial survival of the food services.
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