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The Arizona Board of Education is proposing more flexibility for its "no pass, no play" rules.

Currently, pupils in grades 7 through 19, and 6th graders in middle schools may not participate in sports or any other extracurricular activities if they fail any of their classes.

Under the new proposal, students' progress since the previous, failing grading period would be evaluated at the start of the extracurricular activity. Students who were continuing to fail a course would not be eligible; those who were found to be passing would be able to resume activities immediately without waiting to pass the next grading period.

Also last month, the board agreed to reconsider its mandate that all elementary school students take a foreign language by the 1992-93 school year. The board, which has already delayed implementation of the mandate for one year, cited lack of state funding for the program in its decision.

The Texas Education Agency has approved 82 schools for a program that frees educators and administrators from many state regulations in return for improved student achievement.

Officials said that more than 1,600 public schools applied for the Partnership Schools Initiative.

Schools selected for the program must submit a student-achievement plan by July and will work with the education agency's regional-service centers over the next three to five years, the T.E.A. said.

Schools will launch their programs beginning with the 1992-93 school year.

Vol. 11, Issue 20

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