State News Roundup
The Oregon Court of Appeals has blocked a newspaper's attempt to obtain the home addresses of substitute coaches hired by the Eugene school district during a 1987 teachers' strike.
The appeals court stated in a ruling issued this month that it was appropriate for the district to release the names of the 18 replacement coaches, since "one's name is unquestionably information normally shared with strangers."
But, the panel declared, the substitutes' home addresses should be considered confidential information protected by exemptions in the state's open-records law.
Several of the replacement coaches were harassed during the month-long strike, said Joseph Richards, a lawyer for the district.
The Register-Guard of Eugene had argued that parents had a right to know about those who were teaching their children, according to Bruce Smith, the newspaper's lawyer.
The district released the coaches' addresses after the strike was over, Mr. Smith added.
Some three dozen private schools in Michigan could be closed by the state for refusing to supply the education department with information on enrollment, teachers' credentials, and courses.
State officials were scheduled to meet last week with the schools' administrators, who say the state does not have the right to require them to hire only licensed teachers or to gather information about their schools.
Notices outlining closure procedures went out this month to 40 schools. Five schools have since provided the required information, said Jean Shane of the department's bureau of planning and management.
Changes are needed in a high-school textbook that sends a "subliminal message" downplaying the threat that coyotes pose to livestock, according to Jerry L. Evans, Idaho's superintendent of schools, and the Idaho Wool Growers Association.
"The most widespread misconception about coyotes is that they prey on cattle and sheep," states an exercise in English Writing and Skills, published by a division of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Inc.
In fact, the predators killed 11,400 sheep and lambs in the state last year, Mr. Evans and the group said in letters to the publisher.
Mr. Evans does not plan to ask the two districts that currently use the textbook to drop it, but hopes the publisher will consider changes the next time the work is revised, a spokesman explained last week.
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