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A federal bankruptcy-court judge this month accepted a motion by the district to withdraw from the bankruptcy process it entered last year.

The district intends to continue negotiations with creditors and to develop a recovery plan that will be submitted to county and state officials for approval, said Fred Stewart, an administrator for the district's finances appointed by Bill Honig, state superintendent of public instruction.

The Bay Area district had filed for bankruptcy and threatened to close schools last spring for lack of money, but a superior court judge ordered the state to lend the district the money it needed to maintain operations. (See Education Week, May 1, 1991 .)

Three school workers who helped rescue children following the fatal collision of a helicopter and a plane carrying U.S. Senator John Heinz last April have sued the aircraft operators.

A two-engine plane owned by Lycoming Air Services carrying Mr. Heinz and others collided with a helicopter owned by the Sun Company, an oil-refining firm, in midair on April 4, showering the school playground and building with flaming debris. (See Edu cation Week, April 10, 1991 .)

Seven people, including Mr. Heinz and two ist graders playing in the schoolyard of Merion Elementary School, were killed in the incident.

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled that both crews showed poor judgment.

John Fowler, a custodian, Ivinetta Weeks, a reading specialist, and Tho Oldham, a playground monitor, filed suit in' Montgomery County Court against the Sun Company Inc., Sun Refining & Marketing Company, and Lycoming Air Services Inc., all Pennsylvania firms.

Mr. Fowler and Ms. Weeks were credited with saving the life of David Rutenberg, a 2nd grader who was severely burned in the incident. Ms. Oldham led many children to safety after the crash.

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has delayed a lower-court order allowing a 17-year-old boy to play on his high school's all-girls field-hockey team.

Superior Court Judge Mark A. Preiffer ruled earlier this month that a regulation of the Rhode Island/nterscholastic League barring boys from playing on all-girls teams is unconstitutional. ('See Education Week, Oct. 9, 1991 .)

The athletic association appealed that ruling to the state's high court, which agreed to hear the case.

The decision means that Brian Kleczek, a junior who is the team's equipment manager, probably will not play with the team this season.

No date has been set for arguments before the state supreme court.

A Minnesota district's superintendent has been acquitted on charges that he failed to report the sexual abuse of a student by a teacher.

Judge Harold Krieger acquitted Kenneth Dory, superintendent of the West Concord district, this month after a county prosecutor failed to present witnesses who would testify that Mr. Dory knew about a sexual relationship that existed between a female teacher and one of her female students.

Mr. Doty, along with the principal of West Concord High School, had been charged under a 1983 state law that requires educators to contact law-enforcement authorities if they "know or have reason to believe" that child abuse has occurred. (See Education Week, April 25, 1990.)

The principal, Raymond Six, whose testimony helped lead to Mr. Doty's acquittal, still faces his charge. The teacher involved was convicted and sentenced to jail last year.

A federal appeals court has ruled that the nation's regional telephone companies may begin offering information servicestotheircustomersimmediately, opening the door to the development of a host of new services from electronic "Yellow Pages" to computerized databases.

The appeals-court decision, issued last week, follows a ruling this summer by U.S. District Judge Harold Greene that the telephone companies could begin owning information-service subsidiaries within a year. (See Education Week, Sept. 4, 1991 .)

Judge Greene had sought to give opponents of the ruling, including the newspaper industry, time to appeal his decision.

The so-called "baby Bells" have lobbied since they were created by the breakup of the American Telephone & Telegraph Company in 1984 to provide information services at a low cost through their existing networks.

But spokesmen for the companies, which last week were scrambling to decide which new services to offer, noted that most will not have any new products available for at least a year.

While the companies recently have begun wooing schools with improved and innovative services, schools will not be an immediate priority in developing new products, they acknowledged.

Vol. 11, Issue 07

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