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A federal judge has moved to keep agents of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service from harassing students and teachers at an El Paso high school near the Mexican border.

In response to a suit by students and teachers at Bowie High School, U.S. District Judge Lucius D. Bunton 3rd this month issued a temporary injunction barring the é.î.ó. from stopping and questioning Hispanic individuals not reasonably suspected of violating immigration laws.

The questioning of people on their citizenship status, the court said, must be based on more than the fact that they appear to be of Hispanic descent.

The suit claims that agents of the I.N.S. and its enforcement arm, the U.S. Border Patrol, have been violating the constitutional rights of students and teachers by stopping and questioning them without proper cause.

The suit also accuses federal immigration agents of using excessive force on students and faculty members. (See Education Week, Oct. 14 and Oct. 28, 1992.)

The Illinois legislature has passed a bill that exempts the next superintendent of the Chicago public schools from certification requirements in teaching and administration.

The change, sought by the Chicago board of education, makes permanent the exemptions that were granted when Ted D. Kimbrough, the current general superintendent, was hired.

Mr. Kimbrough has announced that he will step down from his job in June, when his contract expires. The legislative change, which was hailed by school reformers, opens the door for the board to conduct a wide-ranging search for a new chief executive. (See Education Week, Nov. 18, 1992.)

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia said last week it has received a $2 million matching grant from the Annenberg Foundation to shore up its financially troubled high schools.

The grant must be matched on a one-to-four basis over four years, meaning the archdiocese must raise $8 million in that time, or $2 million a year, in order to receive the $500,000 maximum annual disbursement from the St. Davids, Pa., foundation, said an archdiocesan spokesman, Jay Devine.

An "immediate, strong, and positive'' response to the challenge grant would be a "significant factor'' in minimizing plans to close or merge 10 high schools as recommended by a consultant, an archdiocesan statement said. (See Education Week, Dec. 9, 1992.)

The schools are $10.4 million in debt.

A decision on the fate of the high schools is planned for next week, after donors have had time to respond to the Annenberg grant and the archdiocese has finished reviewing financial plans advanced by the high schools, Mr. Devine said.

Vol. 12, Issue 15

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